Olympic fever arrives in the Anglia region

The first stirrings of Olympic fever were felt in our region today as the torch arrived.

It wasn't lit, and it was only a practice of course, but there was still plenty of excitement during the dummy run.

Come the summer the torch is in our region for eight days from Monday 2nd July to Monday 9th. Around 700 torchbearers will carry the flame, with overnight celebrations in Peterborough, Norwich, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Cambridge and Luton.

Today's full rehearsal has seen the torch travel from Leicester to Peterborough, taking in Rutland Water and Stamford on the way.

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The Olympic torch arrives at Rutland Water Credit: ITV Anglia

The day began with blue skies and a calm shore at Rutland water, if visitors thought it was just like any other Friday, they were about to be proved wrong

Lord Coe said: "We're testing everything to do with the delivery of the games, the torch relay is a large part of that.

"We've tested all the separate component parts. But we've chosen today because there are different modes of transports. We've got rigs and trains, obviously the convoy itself and the three things that we're looking to test, the ability of our crews on the day, clearly the convoy and the police escort."

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The Olympic torch arrives at Rutland Water Credit: ITV Anglia

The day had started at the National Space Centre over in Leicester this morning, before a train ride towards Loughborough.

Torch bearer Helana Scott said: "I've never had so many people waiting for me on the platform, and just to smile and get to hold this is great."

While the torch is on board, a specially designed lantern will carry the olympic flame.

The torch is carried about 60% of the time, with officers from the met joining bearers as they travel through the streets.

But while security is their number one concern, they'll have plenty more challenges to contend with.

After a choppy journey across Rutland water, the crew returned to shore. But no time to dry out, the torch must go on.

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The Olympic torch arrives at Rutland Water Credit: ITV Anglia