Blyth residents and students give Olympic Torch a warm reception – Video

TORCHBEARERS were given a warm welcome as the Olympic Flame made its way through Blyth this morning.

An estimated 5,000 people lined the length of Cowpen Road to see the Torch up close as it made its way onto North Tyneside ahead of its overnight stop in Newcastle.

Torchbearer 065 Leslie Welsh holds the Olympic Flame as he leaves Blyth Sports Centre under a shower of gold confetti during his Torch Relay leg between Blyth and Tynemouth. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.

Torchbearer 065 Leslie Welsh holds the Olympic Flame as he leaves Blyth Sports Centre under a shower of gold confetti during his Torch Relay leg between Blyth and Tynemouth. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.

School children from the surrounding schools, including Blyth Community College and Horton Grange Primary School, were on hand to give the Flame a raucous reception after arriving from Bedlington.

And they were joined by hundreds of members of public and shopworkers, who braved the torrential rain.

Among the residents was Sharon Common, who said: “We live nearby so we were always going to come.

“I doubt we’ll see it again, it’s unlikely to happen again in our lifetime.

“You’ve got to brave the elements for something like this. It would have been awful if no-one had come out to see it.

“I’ll be on holiday when the Olympics are on but I’ll try to watch some of it on TV.”

Laurie Rennie, from Trevelyn Avenue, was on The Broadway in Blyth with her children to see the torch.

“I painted a banner with my three children to welcome the torch to Blyth, and we are so excited about it coming through our town.

“I even took the kids off school for the day because it really is a once in a lifetime thing and I wanted them to be involved in it and be a part of it.”

And Olwen Doyle, from South Newsham Road, Blyth, added: “It is an historic event and we are never going to see it again so I have brought my grandson Ben with me to watch it pass.

“It’s such a great atmosphere despite the weather, it’s fantastic.”