‘Show of a lifetime’

Crowds greet Torchbearer 046 Grant Barker, an athletics coach, as he carries the Olympic Flame in Chesterfield on the Torch Relay leg between Calow and Chesterfield. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.
Crowds greet Torchbearer 046 Grant Barker, an athletics coach, as he carries the Olympic Flame in Chesterfield on the Torch Relay leg between Calow and Chesterfield. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.

THOUSANDS of spectators turned out to watch the Olympic torch relay make its way through North Derbyshire.

Community spirit was high as the historic flame was carried through the Bolsover, Calow and Chesterfield and to Chatsworth House ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games next month.

It was the final day the torch is in the region.

In Chesterfield, people lined the streets and leaned out of shop and office windows to cheer the torchbearers, including cystic fibrosis sufferer Olivia Ford.

Olivia, aged 15, from Dronfield, said: “It was amazing, awesome.

“I felt really supported by all my friends, they were shouting and waving.

“I’ve kept the torch, it is something I will never forget.”

The torch started in Glapwell and went through Bolsover before going between Calow and Chesterfield.

Spectator Matthew Wells, 37, of Stonebroom, said: “I’ve not seen a show like this in my life before.

“It’s a shame we don’t have more things like this to bring the community together.”

Anthony Payne, 34, of Newbold, said: “This is so good for the town and so good for business.

“It’s great to see so many people turning out together.”

Celebrations took place across Derbyshire.

Street entertainers were out in force and Chesterfield Museum held a themed exhibition.

Olympian freestyle skier and Chesterfield-born Ellie Koyander also made a special visit to her hometown.