Torn Natalie Imbruglia
Weymouth and Portland’s Olympic stone rings are set to go back on display in the borough as a lasting reminder of the Games legacy.
The rings, made from Portland stone, will overlook the National Sailing Academy and race courses that hosted the Olympics and Paralympics when they are placed at the top of Portland on Thursday.
They have been positioned to give residents and visitors a picture perfect view with the stunning backdrop of Chesil Beach, the Sailing Academy, the sailing waters, Nothe and Weymouth Bay.
The hugely popular rings were positioned outside Weymouth Train Station during the Olympic period to welcome the many visitors to the borough during Games time.
A sculpture of Paralympic mascot Mandeville replaced the rings for the Paralympic period.
The rings were carved specially for the Games by local craftsmen at AS Quarries on Portland out of world-renowned Portland limestone.
Ten Portland youngsters, the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland Margaret Leicester and the Mayor of Portland Sylvia Bradley will unveil the rings at 4pm on Thursday 20 September.
Cllr Mike Goodman, Chairman of the Management Committee at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said:
“It is really good news the iconic Olympic Rings will be back on display overlooking the spot that many of our Olympic and Paralympic dreams came true.
“Portland played a huge role in delivering a successful Games and these rings will allow us to cherish the memories of hosting the sailing right here in our wonderful borough of Weymouth and Portland.”