Dorking residents woke at 5am this morning to watch the Olympic torch passing around their town. The torch is currently touring the UK in the build-up to the London Olympics this summer.
Due to a restraining order, Dorking is not allowed to come within 500 metres of the Olympic torch. But despite the potential embarrassment, many tens of locals stood still in the road, mouths open, gaping at the magical once-in-a-lifetime sight.
The torch was driven along the A25 in a black security van with tinted windows. Before the van entered the town, it diverted into fields, negotiating a number of fences before rejoining the A25 as it progressed towards Reigate. This ensured the terms of the restraining order were met, but still allowing the people of Dorking to get a glimpse of the torch - despite it being inside the van. The Olympic torch relay continued as normal from Reigate this morning, in full view of the public.
Resident have been assured that the flame was lit inside the van while it passed. Dorking Councillor Bertram Fiddling said that he was satisfied with the event, adding that it was "the most exciting thing that has happened in Dorking for centuries." He also pointed out that no other town had had the honour of seeing the Olympic torch's official security van.
Dorking is now planning to become part of the Olympic torch route for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro event.