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Olympic torch seen by 50,000 in Colchester
AN ESTIMATED 50,000 people turned out to see the Olympic torch come through Colchester yesterday.
Essex County Council put crowd figures at around three times higher than expected across the county as more than 300,000 people lined the streets to watch the flame pass through their community.
Only Basildon saw higher crowds than Colchester on Friday, with 65,000.
Hatfield Peverel had 6,000 people flock to the village to watch the event, while Maldon had a 10,000-strong crowd.
Essex County Councillor Stephen Castle, responsible for the 2012 Games said: "It was an absolutely amazing day for Essex. I'd like to thank everyone who came out to watch the Olympic Torch and who contributed to making it such a fantastic event.
"The huge turnout in Essex shows that the Olympic spirit is alive and well in the county."
Essex Police's Assistant Chief Constable Sue Harrison said: "We would like to give a special thank you to the crowds, who were very happy, orderly and had a great community spirit.
"In Essex on Friday there were some of the biggest crowds supporting the torch relay so far, despite the morning rain. There was a wonderful atmosphere and I am really pleased local schools allowed their pupils along the route to experience this unique event."