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Torch through Medway: Gillingham

Mohamed ‘Danny’ Dada in Gillingham
Mohamed ‘Danny’ Dada in Gillingham

Hundreds of flag-waving people lined the streets of Gillingham this morning to catch a glimpse of the torch.

Some turned up as early as 7am to secure their place at the front as it passed Medway Park at 8.10am.

Soldiers from the Royal School of Military Engineering stood to arms outside the barracks, kites were flying in the Great Lines Park and screaming school children skipped their morning lessons for the ˜once in a lifetime" opportunity.

Torch bearer Mohamed ˜Danny" Dada was cheered on by students from Chatham Grammar School for Boys

The geography teacher ran down Brompton Road with the flame after being nominated by an ex-student at the former Chatham South School for being an ˜inspirational" person.

Current student Callum Morris got up extra early to see his teacher.

The 17-year-old said: "He has done so much for the school and for cricket so I wanted to come and see him with the flame. He won't let anyone forget that he's been a torch bearer now.

"It was brilliant to watch, but I didn't expect to see such a big turn out."

Fellow student Jordan Cowell added: "It was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

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