LONG Sutton was a sea of red, white and blue this morning (Wednesday) as hundreds of people came out to witness the Olympic Torch relay.
School was put on hold for many children and businesses stopped trading as the historic event bought the Lincolnshire town to a halt. Citizen reporter Emma Mason was on the scene to see first-hand what was going on.
The atmosphere in the town centre was buzzing, with everyone excitedly waving flags and banners. Some had even made their own Olympic torches.
Every vehicle passing down the main street was cheered and waved as everyone got into the spirit of the occasion.
Even the police joined in, high-fiving the gathered people as they passed slowly on their motorbikes and happily stopping for photographs. Some even allowed civilians to sit on the bikes and pose for pictures.
The anticipation reached a peak as the sponsors’ procession paraded through the town, handing out freebies from companies such as Coca Cola and Lloyds TSB.
Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for – the glimpse of a white-suited figure jogging down the road bearing a gleaming golden torch, the orange of the flame clearly visible at its tip.
Every runner was received with cheers and applause as they completed their 300 metre run and handed over the flame to the next bearer.
The four torchbearers in Long Sutton were Alex Watson, Fiona Sheppard, Joseph Elliott and March’s Ian Groome. It certainly would have been a day they will never forget.
• See some pictures from the event in our gallery.