Norwich celebrates Olympic flame

The city centre was awash with crowds and abuzz with atmosphere last night as the Olympic torch celebrations continued long into the night.

Aside from the relay itself, colourful celebrations took place on London Street, Gentleman's Walk, Theatre Street, Millennium Plain, at the Castle, the Assembly House and a stage show at Chapelfield Gardens.

The early evening sunshine shining on the city's streets drenched in Union Jack flags created a sense of pride and for the people of Norwich celebrating on the streets of their city.

From the afternoon, in London Street, 24 musical theatre students from City College sang and danced along the Olympic theme with Open and Access to Music providing acoustic sessions into the evening.

Harmonies echoed out from the Assembly House as the rock choir, pipe band and Norwich harmony group sang in celebration.

The Forum outdoor screen attracted crowds with its live coverage of the torch relay through Norfolk, the Olympic stage show and a screening of the film An American in Paris.

The city has never felt so busy and buzzing as crowds grew outside restuarants, and as families and friends sat outside enjoying cooling drinks in the balmy weather.

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Trainee teacher, 23-year-old Anna Fox from Norwich, said the event reminded her why she loves Norwich so much.

The former Notre Dame High School student said: 'It's really exciting to be a part of such a huge event.

'The city is so packed and it all feels so safe and generally really fun.

'I'm not massively into the Olympics but having the flame in Norwich has defiitely brought me into the spirit a bit more.'

And 24-year-old Kayleigh Gibbons, from Brundall, said: 'I got out of work early to come down.

'I've not seen the streets so packed with people, and I've never seen so many flags in Norwich before.'