THOUSANDS lined the streets of Barnsley today to welcome the Olympic Torch as it arrived in the region.
People of every age waved flags and cheered as the iconic flame worked its way through the town on the northern leg of its cross country tour.
“We’re making history in Barnsley today and these children will all be able to say they were a part of it,” said Mayor of Barnsley Dorothy Higginbottom, as she looked around at the hundreds of schoolchildren sat lining the parade route.
“It’s such an exciting day and I’m so pleased that so many people have been able to come and join in.
“I can’t believe there’s anyone in Barnsley that isn’t here today judging by the size of the crowds that are gathered all over the town.”
Barnsley legend Dickie Bird was among those who turned out to see the famous sight: “I never had any doubt we’d give the Torch anything less than a real Yorkshire welcome,” he told The Star.
“Whatever the occasion, Barnsley always turns out and supports and the people of this town know how to party,” he grinned.
“I’m proud to be a Barnsley lad today.”
The Torch was carried through Lundwood by Olympic sprint legend Dorothy Hyman who admitted she was amazed by the crowds.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.
“It was like coming home after the Olympics all those years ago, it was that same buzz, the crowds out here today have been fantastic.”
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