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Torch continues journey round Wales

A crowd of thousands hailed the star quality of the Olympic torch relay as the flame headed west on its journey round Wales.

A rumour that a big name Hollywood star would be spearheading Sunday's high profile tour failed to dampen spirits when it proved groundless.

The Olympic flame threaded its way along the sea front in Mumbles to the cheers of several thousand early risers.

After finishing Saturday at Singleton Park, Swansea, at a major evening celebration, enthusiasm for the event was undimmed on Sunday morning.

But after a day when celebrities such as Doctor Who Matt Smith took part in the relay, expectations had been raised that more were on their way.

As a result hopes that Hollywood A-lister Catherine Zeta Jones would be a torchbearer were high among some when the flame visited her native Mumbles.

With a torch changeover at Oystermouth Castle, in the heart of Mumbles, it seemed the ideal spot to introduce Hollywood royalty in the guise of a local girl made good.

Thousands of people crowded round the picturesque venue which commands breath-taking views of Swansea Bay.

Excitement was high as the crowd waited for a figure to emerge from the castle carrying the Olympic flame.

When it turned out to be a smiling male pensioner the crowd's greeting was as warm as it would have been for a Hollywood star.


From Belfast Telegraph