THOUSANDS lined the streets yesterday to celebrate the Olympic flame relay.
A sea of smiling faces, flags and cheers greeted torch bearers as they travelled across the North Wales coast during the 11th day of the UK-wide tour.
Arriving in Abergele from Old Colwyn just before 2pm, the torch passed through Pensarn, Towyn, Kinmel Bay, Rhyl and Rhuddlan before finishing the day in Chester.
Rhyl councillor Ian Armstrong said the flame passing through was a “historic” event.
He said: “It has been fantastic and really good for the town.
“The flame coming through has been an honour for the town and a once in a lifetime event. It has ben a really good day for Rhyl and the surrounding areas."”
Sandra Williams, of Rhyl, said: “It was wonderful to see the flame, it has been very special.
“It was really nice to see local people carrying the torch."
Schoolchildren and teachers, shop and officer workers as well as shoppers and visitors lined the streets ahead of the torch creating a carnival atmosphere.
11-year-old Ellie Faulkner, of Towyn, said: "I was so excited to see the torch here because it is going to end up in London."
Burt Stephen, from Abergele, said: “I wasn't going to come along but it turned out to be a really good day. I'm glad I came, I feel part of it.”
Inspirational athletes, community heroes and charity champions were among the torchbearers who carried the flame through the area.
The flame lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, the home of the Ancient Olympic Games, will finish its journey at the Olympic Stadium in London.