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Crowds gather for Paralympic torch

Crowds gather for arrival of Paralympic torch Credit: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of people celebrated the arrival of the Paralympic torch to Basildon over the weekend.

The crowds were entertained by live music and stalls as well as a light show and various urban acts at the Wat Tyler Country Park.

The festival was organised to celebrate the start of the Paralympic Games which begin on Wednesday.

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Thousands watch Lewis Hamilton carry the Olympic Torch in Luton

Lewis Hamilton carries the Olympic Torch Credit: ITV Anglia

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Luton this morning.

He was initially asked to carry the torch in his home town of Stevenage yesterday - but he was busy competing in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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