A message from the Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread on the passing of the Olympic Torch Relay through the Epping Forest district.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of all the events surrounding the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay into the district. Thanks are also due to all those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the weeks and months running up to the event.
Waltham Abbey’s Moment to Shine arrived as the clouds cleared and the sun shone for the arrival of the Flame. An estimated 20,000 people lined the streets of the Abbey to welcome the Flame and send it on its way to the Lee Valley White Water Centre, where it took to the Olympic rapids.
The rain stayed away for the duration of the relay and once it had left our district, visitors were able to enjoy an array of activities into the afternoon.
The whole event could not have been as successful without the hard work and dedication of district and town council staff, the emergency services, as well as the volunteers who ensured everyone was safe whilst having an fantastic time during this once in a lifetime event.
Finally I would like to record my gratitude to everyone who came along to make it an unforgettable day for the district.”