More than 200,000 people lined the Newham's streets to catch a glimpse of the torch on its first day in the capital. It arrived on the Woolwich Ferry passing through Beckton before travelling to the Mayor's Newham Show in Central Park, East Ham where it was welcomed onto the main stage.
Singer Paloma Faith then carried the torch out of the park before it was passed to Sheikh Sheikh, a wheelchair athlete from Forest Gate. Other torchbearers travelling through Newham included Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson, 101 year old marathon runner Fauji Singh and Team GB triple jumper Phillips Idowu. After travelling through Manor Park and Forest Gate, it ended its journey in Westfield, Stratford and will return to Newham next Friday for the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: "After 64 days touring the nation, we have welcomed the Olympic Torch to the host borough. It was brilliant to see so many people in Newham welcoming the torch and visiting the Mayor's Newham Show. We have secured more opportunities for residents to participate in the Games experience than any other borough in the country and that includes our Let's Get the Party Started Campaign.
"With the flame's arrival, now we can truly say the eyes of the world are on Newham. This flame represents harmony and goodwill and these are demonstrated in our borough, where people get along fantastically and enjoy doing things together."
Torchbearers who ran in Newham are:
Doris Akosua Asabi-Amankwwah
Catherine Ollier De Marichard
Nathalie Prudent Wagenknecht
Route of the Olympic Torch Relay through Newham on 21 July
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