Olympic torch attracts thousands to Lewes

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THOUSANDS of people turned out in force to watch the Olympic torch journey through Lewes.

Residents from across the area flocked to Lewes to line the streets for this historic event.

Crowds at Olympic torch procession in Lewes.

Crowds at Olympic torch procession in Lewes.

It was accompanied by police motorcyclists who waved cheerfully at the crowds.

Cars, vans and buses specially decorated for the occasion were part of the procession too.

Lewes District Council said 30,000 people were in Lewes today for the event.

Jonathan and Sally Tompsett, from Malling, had brought their children, Owen, aged seven and Jodie, aged ten, along to see the event.

Sally, 42, said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“We have taken the kids out of school. I don’t think there are many kids left in the school!”

Karen and Keith Manser had come down from Uckfield to watch with their children Josephine, aged eight and Lawrence aged three.

Karen, 47, said: ”It’s the chance of a life time for me today to see it.

“The children did their own procession today which was nice.”

Keith, 57, added: “We shall never see it again and it’s right on our doorstep.”