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Thousands welcomed the Olympic Torch in Leicestershire

Figures show more than 170,000 people made sporting history by lining the streets to welcome the Olympic torch to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland on Monday.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of this fantastic event, as well as all of those who lined the streets in their thousands to support it and made this an occasion we will all remember for a long time to come."

– Cllr Rory Palme, Deputy City Mayor

"The torch relay is an historic occasion and I'm delighted that residents have done Leicestershire proud and thronged the streets to celebrate the flame's visit. I'm pleased that the hard work of local agencies has paid off and that the event ran smoothly."

– Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for environment and transport

“It was an extremely proud moment for everyone in Rutland to see the Olympic Torch travel through our local area. It is certainly an honour to be part of London 2012 and I was delighted to see, in particular, our schools taking such an active part in the Torch Relay celebrations at Rutland Water. Congratulations to everyone from across Rutland and Leicestershire who helped organise the event.”

– Roger Begy, Leader of Rutland County Council

"It has been a privilege to welcome and host this part of the torch relay through the district. I think the turnout today demonstrates how proud Harborough district residents are about their place and what a supportive community we are. This opportunity has placed our district on the ‘world stage’ and we should all be very proud of our contribution towards this remarkable, once in a lifetime event."

– Cllr Blake Pain, Harborough District Council spokesman for sport, leisure and culture

"What an amazing day! We're so proud to have played such a starring role in this spectacular and historic Torch Relay cameo. The crowds were brilliant and our band of inspirational Torchbearers did a magnificent job in carrying the flame. This was a once in a lifetime moment and I'm delighted to say we seized it."

– Councillor Paul Harley, Charnwood Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture

“Oadby and Wigston Borough Council are proud to announce that it was wonderful to see the Torch bearers route through Oadby lined with 10,000 enthusiastic supporters cheering on this memorable event. The day was a complete success thanks to the hard work of those staff and other organisations that contributed to the day.”

– Nicola Pedge, Customer Services Manager for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

“The people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have had a fantastic opportunity to see the Olympic torch as it has passed through their local communities. “Planning for the policing operation around the torch relay has been ongoing for a considerable length of time and I am delighted that the event has passed off smoothly and without incident, thanks in no small way to the support of the local public and our partner organisations.”

– Steph Morgan, Leicestershire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable

“We are delighted that all the planning and preparation prior to the Olympic Torch Relay coming to our area ensured that the part we played in this event went very well. I would like to thank the efforts of everyone involved both in the Service and our partner agencies for their co-operation during the many months bringing this to fruition.”

– Shaun O’Donnell, Area Manager for Community Response at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

The torch travelled through the area as part of its historic 70-day journey around the UK.

On 2nd July, the torch passed through Market Harborough, Lubenham, Foxton, Kibworth Harcourt, Oadby and stayed overnight in Leicester, where an evening celebration was held in Abbey Park.

On July 3rd, it left Leicester just after 7am and travelled through Quorn, Loughborough, Hoton, Wymeswold, Asfordby, Melton Mowbray, Langham, Oakham, Rutland Water, Uppingham and Stamford before ending the day at Peterborough.

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