OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY: Thousands line the streets of Haverfordwest

Western Telegraph: PICTURE: Lisa Soar PICTURE: Lisa Soar

Thousands of people have today lined the streets of Haverfordwest to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay to the town.

Areas around High Street and Barn Street, Prendergast and near Sir Thomas Picton school were several deep in places - including hundreds of children - to welcome the flame which arrived shortly before 12.40pm from Carmarthen.

Union flags and Welsh flags blew on the slight breeze as the Torch made its way through the town to Sir Thomas Picton School where it was placed on display for a short period.

One Torchbearer, Rhys Eynon, aged 22 from Clynderwen, told the Western Telegraph: "It was the most breathtaking and exhilarating thing I have ever done."

Fellow torchbearer Eric Mathias added: "The people of Pembrokeshire have done themselves proud."

The Torch relay leaves Haverfordwest heading for Fishguard and then on to Newport.

• See Wednesday's Western Telegraph for full report and photographs.

• Did you enjoy the Torch Relay visiting Pembrokeshire? Leave your comments below.

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10:41pm Sun 27 May 12

Welshman23 says...

Great day for Haverfordwest with the arrival of the Olympic torch however I must point out that the local council let the town's image down. The grass on the roundabout was not cut, no flags in the main part of the town. We could have really set our town in lights with maybe the town band, male voice choirs ladies and men's. Great day but shame on the council for not exploiting the opportunity to show the best of Pembrokeshire.
Great day for Haverfordwest with the arrival of the Olympic torch however I must point out that the local council let the town's image down. The grass on the roundabout was not cut, no flags in the main part of the town. We could have really set our town in lights with maybe the town band, male voice choirs ladies and men's. Great day but shame on the council for not exploiting the opportunity to show the best of Pembrokeshire. Welshman23

12:10pm Mon 28 May 12

bainsford says...

all this fuss about the 'olympic torch' this country cannot afford this event, everyday we here there is going to be cuts here and there and we can afford to spend billions to apese the likes of Seb Coe and a few athletes this is just a money maker for Boris Johnson and the money men of London and they think that by sending a torch around the country is sopposed to make us all feel happy. A lot of the torch bearers are celebrities when it should be the man in the streets turn to be seen. I we are to have this olympics then all the torch bearers should have been kids.
all this fuss about the 'olympic torch' this country cannot afford this event, everyday we here there is going to be cuts here and there and we can afford to spend billions to apese the likes of Seb Coe and a few athletes this is just a money maker for Boris Johnson and the money men of London and they think that by sending a torch around the country is sopposed to make us all feel happy. A lot of the torch bearers are celebrities when it should be the man in the streets turn to be seen. I we are to have this olympics then all the torch bearers should have been kids. bainsford

3:20pm Mon 28 May 12

PembsLee says...

I for one thought it was a great day, I do have to agree with Welshman23, I think the council could have done a bit more for the occasion, However I know the Torch is on a tight schedule, so maybe not part of the main procession, maybe in another 70 yrs they'll get it right. As for bainsford's comment, having a torch relay is part of the Olympic build up, This country was not in recession 7 years ago when we were awarded the Olympics, and how much money do you think was spent around our community yesterday in shops and pubs, by the local community. next you'll be saying the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations are a waste of time. I for one am looking forward to it.
I for one thought it was a great day, I do have to agree with Welshman23, I think the council could have done a bit more for the occasion, However I know the Torch is on a tight schedule, so maybe not part of the main procession, maybe in another 70 yrs they'll get it right. As for bainsford's comment, having a torch relay is part of the Olympic build up, This country was not in recession 7 years ago when we were awarded the Olympics, and how much money do you think was spent around our community yesterday in shops and pubs, by the local community. next you'll be saying the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations are a waste of time. I for one am looking forward to it. PembsLee

11:08pm Mon 28 May 12

County Councillor Thomas Tudor "Castle Ward" of Haverfordwest says...

The Olympic Torch being carried through Haverfordwest was a great occasion, one not to be missed, and the support from the 20 thousand strong crowd was amazing. Also the activities in Sir Thomas Picton School later was a great way to round things off, three cheers to all the staff involved.
The Olympic Torch being carried through Haverfordwest was a great occasion, one not to be missed, and the support from the 20 thousand strong crowd was amazing. Also the activities in Sir Thomas Picton School later was a great way to round things off, three cheers to all the staff involved. County Councillor Thomas Tudor "Castle Ward" of Haverfordwest

6:27pm Tue 29 May 12

Welshman23 says...

Councillor Thomas echo your comments I would have thought as a local councillor you would have made sure the town was dressed for the occasion grass cut, flags, local ladies & male voice choirs and other things to sell the town and more important Pembrokeshire.
Councillor Thomas echo your comments I would have thought as a local councillor you would have made sure the town was dressed for the occasion grass cut, flags, local ladies & male voice choirs and other things to sell the town and more important Pembrokeshire. Welshman23

11:25pm Tue 29 May 12

County Councillor Thomas Tudor "Castle Ward" of Haverfordwest says...

Cant say I saw any grass on the High Street needing cutting, but I did see 20 thousand delighted people supporting this event, and they were waving flags, the Union Jack and the Welsh Flag. This was an historic day for the county town of Pembrokeshire where the COMMUNITY spirit shone through. Well done every one.
Cant say I saw any grass on the High Street needing cutting, but I did see 20 thousand delighted people supporting this event, and they were waving flags, the Union Jack and the Welsh Flag. This was an historic day for the county town of Pembrokeshire where the COMMUNITY spirit shone through. Well done every one. County Councillor Thomas Tudor "Castle Ward" of Haverfordwest

8:32am Thu 31 May 12

Tttoommy says...

Good to see County Councillor Thomas Tudor "Castle Ward" of Haverfordwest trying to bathe in the success of the seventy day advert for Coke, McDonalds and Cadburys - all food to make us Olympians too I'm sure - remind us Thomas Tudor - what did you actually do so we can praise you to the highest heavens?
To change the subject Are you pleased the tax payer is paying out 8/10/12 BILLION quid to basically advertise british tax avoiding foreign companies ?
Good to see County Councillor Thomas Tudor "Castle Ward" of Haverfordwest trying to bathe in the success of the seventy day advert for Coke, McDonalds and Cadburys - all food to make us Olympians too I'm sure - remind us Thomas Tudor - what did you actually do so we can praise you to the highest heavens? To change the subject Are you pleased the tax payer is paying out 8/10/12 BILLION quid to basically advertise british tax avoiding foreign companies ? Tttoommy

3:57pm Thu 31 May 12

A Northerner in Pembrokeshire says...

Guys lets not get into more slanging and backbiting. It was a great day and the community seemed to enjoy it. I know my kids and I did. why does everything and all comments on this site always seem to be political... Relax and enjoy some good things. A strong community spirit was alive in Pembrokeshire :D
Guys lets not get into more slanging and backbiting. It was a great day and the community seemed to enjoy it. I know my kids and I did. why does everything and all comments on this site always seem to be political... Relax and enjoy some good things. A strong community spirit was alive in Pembrokeshire :D A Northerner in Pembrokeshire

9:31am Sun 3 Jun 12

DannyPembs says...

I must say that the turnout way amazing. If only every weekend that many people were in the town center. On another note it takes something like this for the council to do some weeding, paint railings and paint the roundabout by Morrison's. If you were not on the route you missed out on the tidy up.
I must say that the turnout way amazing. If only every weekend that many people were in the town center. On another note it takes something like this for the council to do some weeding, paint railings and paint the roundabout by Morrison's. If you were not on the route you missed out on the tidy up. DannyPembs

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