THE Olympic Torch relay passed through our county “on a wave of community spirit”, Beds Police have said today.
Yesterday (Sunday) the Olympic flame passed through Bedfordshire, and is now into Buckinghamshire for its onward journey to London 2012.
Despite the pouring rain large crowds turned out in Bedford and Cotton End as 15 torchbearers carried the torch from Goldington Green.
Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer said: “This has been a great weekend for Bedfordshire and we are delighted that the extensive planning by everyone involved meant that the Olympic Torch Relay passed through our county on a wave of community spirit and enthusiasm.
“Bedfordshire Police takes great pleasure in being involved in such local authority led celebrations and to have an opportunity to celebrate with the people we serve.”
The route was managed by local authority stewards, some of who had volunteered, as well as Bedfordshire Police officers, Police Community Support Officers, specials and cadets.
Beds Police say, while some roads were shut for the Torch Relay, they were kept to a minimum and few delays were reported.
The police added that they had a positive response from the public on social networking site Twitter with, and in particular the police officers on motorcycles who high-fived the public.
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