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  I saw the arrival of the Olympic torch
Updated 29 June 2004, 10.46
Liam walks along the red carpet
Liam won our Newsround Press Pack competition to witness the Olympic flame arriving in London.

In his report, Liam describes how it felt to witness this special sporting event.

"The exciting event began at 5.15am, where we waited patiently for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay Plane.

We were also joined by a host of press people, the local secondary school pupils, who were there to wave flags and to greet the torch, an opera singer called Laurence and 'my' team who would be filming the event.

Red carpet

Whilst we waited for the plane to arrive there was a lot of preparation going on. The red carpet was rolled out, we rehearsed what I would say to greet the Olympic bronze medallist Sylvia Cheeseman-Disley.

The Olympic flame
The Olympic flame
Finally the plane arrived, to the sound of cheering, singing, and clicking of photographers.

The steps were in place and Sylvia began to make her way down where I waited with Simon Clegg, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association.

Held the lamp

Immediately behind Sylvia was a gentleman carrying the Olympic torch, a paraffin lantern.

It was then handed over to Sylvia and as she began to walk back along the red carpet I joined her and we held the lamp together.

This was a moment I will never forget, the crowds were cheering, Laurence was singing, cameras were everywhere and the torch was arriving in Britain and here I was - greeting it and reporting for Newsround!

Open-top bus

We continued the experience in the afternoon, meeting up with Sally Gunnell at Oxford Street and going round on an open-top bus.

I met other sports personalities, as well as a lot of press people and news writers.

Countries united

The whole of London seemed to be out to welcome the torch to this country.

This gave me a sense of how very important it is to support the Olympic games.

And for all countries to unite in competing together and to give up war for the period that the games are on."

Liam, 12, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire


Why don't you write us a Press Pack report - and get it published on the site?!

It can be about anything that's happened in your local area - or your views on the news.



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