Olympic Torch gets a warm welcome in Scarborough

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Jamie Green was given a warm welcome when he entered the Open Air Theatre with the Olympic Torch strapped to his wheelchair.

The expectant crowd of around 6,000 people had waited patiently for his arrival and he said he would remember the day for the rest of his life.

The Olympic flame arrives at Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre with torch bearer Jamie Green with the cheering crowd.Picture Richard Ponter 122503a

The Olympic flame arrives at Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre with torch bearer Jamie Green with the cheering crowd.Picture Richard Ponter 122503a

Speaking after he posed for the assembled pack of photographers Jamie, who is from Malton, said: “I’ve never experienced anything like that. It’s been good exercise pushing all that way. It’s just one of those things you will always remember.”

He added that it was also good to carry the torch in Scarborough because it was fairly local for him. “It was great to see all those people in the Open Air Theatre – it was brilliant.”

After a short break for lunch he handed over the precious flame to 12-year-old Ben Chapman from Hull. He said: “It’s great but I am speechless – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”