THOUSANDS line the streets as the Olympic torch relay comes to East Lancs

Western Telegraph: TORCHBEARER Roseann Hollis from Hoddlesden TORCHBEARER Roseann Hollis from Hoddlesden

THE Olympic torch relay was a major success as it travelled through East Lancashire today with thousands of people lining the streets.

Large crowds of people, who stayed dry after torrential downpours last night, turned out to cheer the Olympic torch through the area.

The torch has now left the area after passing through Blackburn, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Burnley Crawshawbooth and Rawtenstall before heading to Greater Manchester.

The torch has now completed its leg through Blackburn, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington and Burnley. Youngsters from St Christopher's High School have complete a leg as torch bearers.

The torch had a lunch break in Burnley at the Mechanics in the town centre after it made its way through Accrington Road, Westway and Trafalgar Street.

The torch has been through Crawshawbooth, where Callum Flynn, 17, has completed his leg a the torch bearer. The teenager was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) on his 14th birthday.

The first torch bearer in Burnley was the famous director of 'Bend it Like Beckham', Gurinder Chadha OBE. The 52-year-old directed Bend It Like Beckham in 2002.

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In Oswaldtwistle large crowds have seen Cameron Watters, 13, from Bolton, carry the torch before handing over to Alice Martindale, 17, from Nelson, who helps with community sessions and a disability club.

One of the day's youngest runners, 12-year-old Matthew Donnelly, from Bury, has earlier completed his run in Preston New Road, Blackburn.

Rosie Hollis completed her run as crowds cheered her name as she approached King William Street in Blackburn.

Busy scenes in Blackburn town centre with crowds four or five people deep in places to catch a glimpse of the torch.

Children have been waving their flags with excitement.

After yesterday's torrential downpours there is expected to be more rain today but so far the downopours have held off.

The torch will take around four hours to travel through East Lancashire after arriving in Blackburn at 9.15am at Westholme School in Preston New Road before heading into the town centre for around 9.30am.

It travels through Blackburn, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Burnley, Crawshawbooth and Rawtenstall.

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1:33pm Sat 23 Jun 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money everywhere is sh1t
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2:05pm Sat 23 Jun 12

2 for 5p says...

everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
totally agree, we should of given the Olympics to another country as soon as the ressesion started.
Any country that has to cut health spending, lay off soldiers, 0% pay increases for public sector, charge students for getting educated to the tune of £9000 a year and take more money in tax off OAPs, and then goes and spends millions (I wish) it is now rummoured the cost could be£24 bn however that is daily mail talk. Anyway any country that does that is either moraly bankrupt or is a complete basket case.
[quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]totally agree, we should of given the Olympics to another country as soon as the ressesion started. Any country that has to cut health spending, lay off soldiers, 0% pay increases for public sector, charge students for getting educated to the tune of £9000 a year and take more money in tax off OAPs, and then goes and spends millions (I wish) it is now rummoured the cost could be£24 bn however that is daily mail talk. Anyway any country that does that is either moraly bankrupt or is a complete basket case. 2 for 5p
  • Score: 4

2:42pm Sat 23 Jun 12

Major Tom says...

Hitler's legacy lives.
Hitler's legacy lives. Major Tom
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Sat 23 Jun 12

darwen_celeb says...

Hopefully the Olympic Torch on the streets of Blackburn will have promoted the same benefits as a lit match in a lavatory. Shame the rain was so prolific yesterday, preventing any chance of a 1666.
Hopefully the Olympic Torch on the streets of Blackburn will have promoted the same benefits as a lit match in a lavatory. Shame the rain was so prolific yesterday, preventing any chance of a 1666. darwen_celeb
  • Score: -3

3:30pm Sat 23 Jun 12

Strogbow says...

2 for 5p wrote:
everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
totally agree, we should of given the Olympics to another country as soon as the ressesion started.
Any country that has to cut health spending, lay off soldiers, 0% pay increases for public sector, charge students for getting educated to the tune of £9000 a year and take more money in tax off OAPs, and then goes and spends millions (I wish) it is now rummoured the cost could be£24 bn however that is daily mail talk. Anyway any country that does that is either moraly bankrupt or is a complete basket case.
What sad moaning plank, i'm a tax payer and i'm glad we got the olympics. At least i'm gonna enjoy and see where my tax as been spent instead of on planks like you. xxx
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]totally agree, we should of given the Olympics to another country as soon as the ressesion started. Any country that has to cut health spending, lay off soldiers, 0% pay increases for public sector, charge students for getting educated to the tune of £9000 a year and take more money in tax off OAPs, and then goes and spends millions (I wish) it is now rummoured the cost could be£24 bn however that is daily mail talk. Anyway any country that does that is either moraly bankrupt or is a complete basket case.[/p][/quote]What sad moaning plank, i'm a tax payer and i'm glad we got the olympics. At least i'm gonna enjoy and see where my tax as been spent instead of on planks like you. xxx Strogbow
  • Score: -2

4:35pm Sat 23 Jun 12

Good call says...

Strogbow wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
totally agree, we should of given the Olympics to another country as soon as the ressesion started.
Any country that has to cut health spending, lay off soldiers, 0% pay increases for public sector, charge students for getting educated to the tune of £9000 a year and take more money in tax off OAPs, and then goes and spends millions (I wish) it is now rummoured the cost could be£24 bn however that is daily mail talk. Anyway any country that does that is either moraly bankrupt or is a complete basket case.
What sad moaning plank, i'm a tax payer and i'm glad we got the olympics. At least i'm gonna enjoy and see where my tax as been spent instead of on planks like you. xxx
The government is having Surface to air missiles,Warships,Je
ts,LRAD sonic devices,12,500 police,13,500 Forces personnel for the olympics,and that's only what we are being told about.I bet your ok with it,aren't you.The money being spent on the Olympics is a waste.
[quote][p][bold]Strogbow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]totally agree, we should of given the Olympics to another country as soon as the ressesion started. Any country that has to cut health spending, lay off soldiers, 0% pay increases for public sector, charge students for getting educated to the tune of £9000 a year and take more money in tax off OAPs, and then goes and spends millions (I wish) it is now rummoured the cost could be£24 bn however that is daily mail talk. Anyway any country that does that is either moraly bankrupt or is a complete basket case.[/p][/quote]What sad moaning plank, i'm a tax payer and i'm glad we got the olympics. At least i'm gonna enjoy and see where my tax as been spent instead of on planks like you. xxx[/p][/quote]The government is having Surface to air missiles,Warships,Je ts,LRAD sonic devices,12,500 police,13,500 Forces personnel for the olympics,and that's only what we are being told about.I bet your ok with it,aren't you.The money being spent on the Olympics is a waste. Good call
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Sat 23 Jun 12

horsemeat says...

everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward!
[quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward! horsemeat
  • Score: 6

9:37pm Sat 23 Jun 12

stefjam says...

horsemeat wrote:
everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward!
wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own!
[quote][p][bold]horsemeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward![/p][/quote]wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own! stefjam
  • Score: -2

12:00am Sun 24 Jun 12

Martin Free Bird says...

I agree the Olympics is a complete waste of money and a nightmare for London, though I saw the Torch Relay in Southport earlier and it was packed with hundreds of young schoolchildren enjoying themselves, so let's just let people who want to enjoy the relay and not be miserable you don't have to watch
I agree the Olympics is a complete waste of money and a nightmare for London, though I saw the Torch Relay in Southport earlier and it was packed with hundreds of young schoolchildren enjoying themselves, so let's just let people who want to enjoy the relay and not be miserable you don't have to watch Martin Free Bird
  • Score: 1

9:12am Sun 24 Jun 12

2 for 5p says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
Didn't see many burkhas in the crowd today. Just saying.
so what.
Perhaps they have more sense
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: Didn't see many burkhas in the crowd today. Just saying.[/p][/quote]so what. Perhaps they have more sense 2 for 5p
  • Score: -1

10:04am Sun 24 Jun 12

horsemeat says...

stefjam wrote:
horsemeat wrote:
everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward!
wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own!
haha! Bullied at school! You were definately bullied at school!
[quote][p][bold]stefjam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]horsemeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward![/p][/quote]wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own![/p][/quote]haha! Bullied at school! You were definately bullied at school! horsemeat
  • Score: 1

10:04am Sun 24 Jun 12

horsemeat says...

stefjam wrote:
horsemeat wrote:
everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward!
wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own!
haha! Bullied at school! You were definately bullied at school!
[quote][p][bold]stefjam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]horsemeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward![/p][/quote]wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own![/p][/quote]haha! Bullied at school! You were definately bullied at school! horsemeat
  • Score: 1

10:07am Sun 24 Jun 12

Strogbow says...

stefjam wrote:
horsemeat wrote:
everywhere is sh1t wrote:
the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money
Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward!
wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own!
Bloody hell stefjam, that a bit harsh i only called 2 for 5p a moaning plank, yet you wish me to lose my job and become homeless forcing me and my four dependants into desditution.
P.s I cant wait for the Olympics, its gonna be a no exspence spared spectacular, Whoohoo.
[quote][p][bold]stefjam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]horsemeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]everywhere is sh1t[/bold] wrote: the torch is a symbol for the millions of pounds of wasted tax payers money[/p][/quote]Well aren't you a joy! Cheer up you miserable barsteward![/p][/quote]wow if you have an opinion horsemeat & strogbow comes along & calls you miserable, lets hope you lose your job soon & then are made homeless, lets see you back on here cheerfully name calling people with different views than your own![/p][/quote]Bloody hell stefjam, that a bit harsh i only called 2 for 5p a moaning plank, yet you wish me to lose my job and become homeless forcing me and my four dependants into desditution. P.s I cant wait for the Olympics, its gonna be a no exspence spared spectacular, Whoohoo. Strogbow
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Sun 24 Jun 12

sen c bl says...

Make the most of it and enjoy, but this is a waste of money!!!
Make the most of it and enjoy, but this is a waste of money!!! sen c bl
  • Score: 0

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