Streets lined for town’s special visitor

Lucy and Hannah Carten with torchbearer Ena Kavanagh from Derry in Limavady yesterday afternoon. 0506MG10

Lucy and Hannah Carten with torchbearer Ena Kavanagh from Derry in Limavady yesterday afternoon. 0506MG10

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Thousands turned out in Limavady as the Olympic Torch passed through the town yesterday, just before 4pm.

Keeping the crowds entertained as the countdown began was the Inishowen Gospel Choir, outside the Council offices.

FOLLOW THAT TORCH! People race after the Olympic torch as it passes through Limavady yesterday afternoon. 0506MG12

FOLLOW THAT TORCH! People race after the Olympic torch as it passes through Limavady yesterday afternoon. 0506MG12

As word spread of the impending arrival of the flame, crowds spilled onto the streets with people eager to catch the historic moment on camera.

A huge cheer went up as the cavalcade of Olympic 2012 lorries and promotional vans preceded torchbearer, 15-year-old Cormac Gillen from Derry. As the teen neared the crossover point on Connell Street, outside the police station, Ena Kavanagh from London was waiting patiently for her moment to shine. Having posed with dozens onlookers before her big moment, she was given a brief rundown of what to do, and off she went on the next stage of the route, towards Irish Green Street.

After Limavady, the torch went onto Ballykelly and Greysteel, where it stopped at the gaelic grounds of Faughanvale GAC.

Fantastic

“It was a fantastic experience,” said local teen Lucy Carten, who managed to get a picture with Ena and the torch. “It was amazing!”