Crowds celebrate Olympic torch relay in Bracknell and AscotBy Jon Nurse
July 11, 2012
Exuberant crowds lined the streets of Bracknell yesterday to cheer the Olympic torch's historic visit to the town.
The sun beamed on thousands of people who waited hours to grab a glimpse of the Olympic icon's journey as it continues to London.
Nine torchbearers, including two runners from Bracknell Forest, carried the torch through town.
Crowds were three or four spectators deep on the side of the road in places.
The torch started its journey at New Forest Ride at around 5.30pm and was carried along London Road and Millennium Way where it finished at Skimped Hill Lane just before 6pm.
Richard March from Birch Hill ran the first leg and Sharon Barton from Warfield ran the final leg of the relay in Bracknell.
Earlier, the flame arrived in Ascot just before 4.30pm where it made its way down High Street to Ascot Racecourse.
Heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis ran with the torch and passed the flame to Jockey Frankie Dettori who rode the torch around the town's historic racecourse.
The jockey said: “I’ve had many memorable days riding into the winners’ enclosure at Ascot but the reception I received today was unlike anything I’ve experienced before – it was incredible."