KENDAL'S historic town centre was lit up as the Olympic torch was cheered through its streets.

Crowds of people turned out in force to celebrate the momentous occasion.

In true Lake District style, the rain was torrential but as many spectators said, it wouldn't have felt right if it had been sunny.

Sarah Collin, husband Simon and children Kate and Lara, of Kendal, came along to enjoy the spectacle.

Sarah said: "Who cares about the rain? We are real Olympic fans and Kate has been learning about the Olympic torch at school. It's a great occasion."

Children, parents and staff from Brantfield Nursery gathered outside Kendal Library more than an hour before the torch arrived to ensure they could grab a space to witness history in the making.

Headteacher Veronica Broyd said: "There is a really nice atmosphere here. It's a once in a lifetime thing and it is too good an opportunity to miss."

Staff from H. Hogarth jewellers, in Branthwaite Brow, were also there. Jo Wilkinson said: "We won't get to see it again so we thought we should come out and wave our flags."

Holidaymakers Derrick and Janet Crumpler, of Leicestershire, took up their spot close to The White Hart Inn in Stricklandgate.

Mr Crumpler said: “We want to be a part of what is happening. We thought we should take the opportunity while we are here.

"Our daughter went to watch the start at Land’s End, but missed it by 15 minutes, so we are here for her as well.”

The Eastwood family - mum and dad Amanda and Richard with daughters Alice and Harriet - plus family friends Connie and Neve Guy, travelled from Grayrigg to take prime position at the Birdcage.

Amanda said: “It is an historic moment. We all got up very early to be here. It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”

John Roelich, 63, took on the eternal flame from Cartmel runner Cate Davies, 59, close to the town hall.

Before running he told The Gazette: "I'm feeling great. The hairs are tingling on the back of my neck."