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Jersey was at its best yesterday, as thousands of locals and visitors lined the seawall, esplanade and Liberation Square to view the Olympic Torch Relay. The sun shone over the island as a collection of local heroes and sports stars carried the flame along the south coast and into St. Helier. The Jersey relay took place shortly after the Guernsey Torch relay, which began earlier in the morning.
The celebrations began late in the morning as Weighbridge Square and Liberation Square in St. Helier came alive with sports events, displays and stalls, creating a festival buzz that continued throughout the relay and into the afternoon.
The torch landed at Jersey Airport at approximately midday and was swiftly whisked down to the relay’s starting point at Bel Royal, in the centre of St. Aubin’s Bay. From there the relay route took runners along the south coast, past Jersey’s waterfront and marina, and into the cheering crowds watching the entire event on the big screen. Sally Minty-Gravett, one of Jersey’s best-known athletes and a four-time Channel swimmer, lit Jersey’s Olympic flame cauldron before the torch was carried away by Anthony Lewis, one-time newspaper editor and now an inspirational charity worker who is recovering from a stroke suffered in 2007.
With the sun shining and a fantastic atmosphere spilling around the island, the Olympic relay was a great day for Jersey and a treat for visitors currently on holiday.
“Jersey has a long sporting tradition and so it’s most fitting today that there has been a wonderful cross-section of the community carrying the torch.”
– Jersey Bailiff Sir Michael Birt
“I can’t tell you how emotional it was and how proud I am.”
– Sally Minty-Gravett, Jersey torch-bearer
Jersey’s torch-bearers were:
Richard Collinson, Carolyn Du Putron, Mark Harris, Mitch Couriard, Jennifer Brown, Paola Mitchell, Andrew Le Seeleur, Alex Buesnel, Jennifer Noland, Judith Jones, Alison Christie-Upton, Lee Chaytor, Sally Minty-Gravett, Anthony Lewis, Anthony Bunt, Steve Kett, Ken White, Charlotte Sampson and Kevin Baudains.