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Written by James   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:27

The Olympic torch handover outside the New Inn pubIn scenes reminiscent of the Jubilee in London, the residents of Buckingham and surrounding villages turned out in force, lining the streets to watch the Olympic torch relay come through town. It was great to see so many people out showing such community spirit.

Three runners, Sarah Williams, Paul Barter and Jemma Moore, carried the torch along the route and were cheered along the way.

BBC 3CR's Simon Watts reported: "There are people standing literally in every window of every shop and on every balcony of every flat here. The whole town has ground to a halt to greet this procession.

"I've never seen anything like this in Buckingham before in terms of volume of people. They are spilling out onto the road trying to get pictures to capture the moment. There are people on the roof of the town hall which looks pretty dangerous. We are often a forgotten part of the county but the community spirit is certainly here."

Councillor Robin Stuchbury told BBC 3CR it was the largest ever event to be staged in the town. He said: "I don't think we've ever had the county pay that much attention to Buckingham. My hope is that now they realise Buckingham is a good place to do events, that they will open their wallets and come back here again."

UPDATE: If you missed any of the action, or simply want to watch it again, the BBC have provided video footage of the Torch carried through Buckingham. The timing jumps around a bit but I'm sure they'll sort it out. For reference, the torch arrived in Buckingham at 10:19am and left at 10:34am.

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