Olympic torch relay: Crowds celebrate at Swansea torch concert

Only Men Aloud perform at Singleton Park
Image caption The Cardiff-based choir Only Men Aloud performed a mix of traditional and modern songs in front of the cauldron at Singleton Park

The second day of the Olympic torch relay through Wales ended with a celebration with thousands of people at a concert in Swansea's Singleton Park.

The flame began its journey out of Cardiff on Saturday in the hands of Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

It is to pass through more than 80 towns, villages and cities in Wales from 25 to 30 May.

The last torchbearer of the Swansea route, Ken Bennett, lit a celebration cauldron on stage at Singleton Park.

It was one of the highlights of a two-hour live music stage show, which was watched by an audience of some 10,000 people.

Image caption Cardiff-born rock band Kids in Glass Houses also performed at the concert

Performers at the event included the choir Only Men Aloud, as well as the Cardiff-born rock band Kids in Glass Houses and members of Mark Jermin's Stage School.

The celebrations kicked off at 17:30 BST as the day's sunshine continued to shine brightly.

At least 5,000 of the crowd had turned up at the park hours before it was due to kick off, some adding to the atmosphere with colourful costumes and flags.

By the time Mr Bennett made his way into the park with the flame held proudly, that number had doubled.

Cheers went up around the stage as the 69-year-old from Swansea, who has been involved in athletics all his life, lit the cauldron on the stage.

And as the bands and musicians performed, the atmosphere was one of pure celebration.

Dr Jeshoor Jebadurai, 38, from Swansea, said he went to the event to see the flame.

"My children are twin boys aged six and I wanted them to see what the Olympics is about," he said.

"I want them to start engaging in sports activities."

Wyn Rees, from Llangennech near Llanelli, said he was impressed by the number of people who had turned up to see the flame.

"It's starting to catch on now isn't it," he said.

"Let's hope it inspires the kids. I used to love it when I was a kid."

Image caption Ken Bennett arrived with the Olympic flame at Singleton Park and was greeted with cheers as he lit the cauldron on stage

Carly Havard, 32, from Swansea, who also attended the concert, added: "I've got two small children so this will be something for them to see.

Image caption A torch fan dressed as a human flag at Singleton Park

"It's been really great. I'm looking forward to seeing the torch, Only Men Aloud. I'll be taking in the atmosphere."

The celebrations were the culmination of the second day of the relay in Wales.

Day eight started early in Cardiff Bay when Doctor Who star Matt Smith ran with the flame in front of excited fans.

It was then passed onto dozens of torchbearers who carried it proudly from Barry, to Caerphilly, up and around the south Wales valleys, before heading down to Bridgend, along to Neath and finally ending in Swansea.

The day before it had been carried from the Welsh border at Monmouth, to Blaenavon, Pontypool, Newport and on to Cardiff, where another torch celebration concert was held.

On Sunday the relay continues from Swansea to Aberystwyth.

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