Bolton bids farewell to flame 

Photo of Anthony Evitts and olympic torch
Torchbearer Antony Evitts (16) holds the flame aloft on the town hall steps

Swimming sensation Antony Evitts was given a belting Bolton send off as he carried the Olympic torch down the town hall steps.

The 16-year-old had the honour of being the first person of the day to carry the torch on its final journey in the borough.

At 6.01am, Antony left Victoria Square with the torch and ran the short distance to waiting torchbearer Rebecca Gregory in Marsden Road.

The torch then made its way along Chorley New Road, and into Horwich, before crossing the border to Chorley.

Hundreds of local school children wore bright coloured t-shirts and waved flags on the town hall steps to help bid farewell to the torch.

Crowds of well-wishers braved the early start and joined Antony in Victoria Square, and hundreds more lined the route to see seven more torchbearers.

Antony’s mum, Tara, said: “This was the proudest moment of my life. It was absolutely magnificent, I was speechless.”

Dad Dave added: “I’m so proud of my home town of Bolton, of everyone who came out at such an early time.  Antony was very honoured to have been chosen by Bolton Council as a torchbearer.”

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