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Burbage dad tells of his moment of Olympic flame fame
Father-of-two Will Stevenson was bowled over by the welcome he received in Andover as he carried the Olympic torch through the town yesterday.
Mr Stevenson, an IT consultant from Burbage, said today: "It was fantastic. I couldn't believe how many people there were and how positive the atmosphere was.
"I really enjoyed my moment, but by 'fame' lasted much longer than the few minutes I was carrying the torch as people wanted to hold the torch and have their pictures taken with me long into the evening and again this morning."
Mr Stevenson had hoped to carry his five-year-old daughter Lily on his shoulders as he did his run, to highlight a condition called Smith Magenis Syndrome, which she was born with.
He said: "Unfortunately they wouldn't let me carry Lily. They said she could run alongside, but that wasn't really an option for her."