Thousands witness the only boat-to-boat transfer on the relay route.
History was made in Rutland yesterday when the Olympic Torch travelled across Europe’s largest man-made reservoir – Rutland Water.
The torch arrived at Rutland Water just before 3pm, with torchbearer Matt Usher, 40, from Wellingborough taking the first of the two legs. The swimming coach boarded a boat, flanked by a flotilla of security boats, rowers and water enthusiasts, which made its way to the middle of the reservoir.
The flame was then passed to Steve King, 68, from Lincoln, in what was the only boat-to-boat transfer in its 70 day journey around the UK.
Tony Entwistle managed the event for Anglian Water, who own and operate Rutland Water Park. He said: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people to see the torch in the picturesque surroundings of Rutland and it was a real showcase for the Water Park.
“Many brought picnics despite the rain and took the chance to make it into a real family day out.
“The crowds were fantastic at Whitwell and Normanton, with Rutland County Council bussing in children from the county’s primary schools to add a huge splash of colour and excitement to the day.
“From Whitwell people were able to see the first torchbearer arrive and run down to board the boat before following its progress across the water to the Normanton shore.
“It was a really special event, a real once in a lifetime experience and one I believe those who where there will treasure for years to come”.