Olympic Torch Comes To Sussex and Surrey

18 May 2012, 14:26

The Olympic Torch will overnight in Brighton and Hove on the 16th July next year and Hastings on the 17th.

Hosting the torch is seen as a big honour as locations have been chosen to represent iconic aspects of Britain. 

Brighton and Hove's council's director for communities David Murray says

" The Torch Relay is being planned to shine a light on the best of the UK - from the great cities to places of outstanding natural beauty, plus landmarks representing British sport and culture.  So it's a massive honour for the city to be regarded in that way. It will showcase Brighton & Hove to the UK and the world, hopefully bringing benefits to the local economy.  It also gives local people a chance to get directly involved in the Games."

The PROBIZ County Ground has been chosen to host the official Olympic Torch Relay celebration as it passes through Brighton & Hove on July 16.

An audience of 10,000 people is expected at the evening event, which includes live music, dance and cultural performances before the Olympic Flame gets carried on to the stage to light a cauldron as the finale of the evening.

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Hastings has welcomed the announcement that it is to be an overnight stop for the Olympic Torch Relay next year.

Council leader Jeremy Birch said :- "This is another piece of good news for Hastings. I would like to pay particular tribute to John Hodges and the Hastings Chamber of Commerce who lobbied hard for this; they have recognised the potential of the Olympics from the start."

The celebration on the Stade Open Space in the Hastings Old Town will enable local residents to enjoy a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - with the support of Hastings Borough Council.

Included in the evening programme will be two, ten-minute slots of locally-programmed entertainment during the evening celebration. This will include a dance routine celebrating Hastings' history led by Helenswood School, and a community choir led by Hastings Philharmonic Choir.

The three Presenting Partners will also each provide 20 minutes of exciting and stimulating entertainment for the event. This will include Coca-Cola showcasing exciting up-and-coming live music acts, Lloyds TSB bringing stunning acrobatic performances to the site and Samsung staging dance performances.

Prior to and during the show, the audience will have the opportunity participate in a number of activities courtesy of Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. These include having your photograph taken with the London 2012 Torch and other Olympic-related activities.

Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day in Hastings will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.

The Route in full in Sussex and Surrey

Monday July 16th
North Bersted
South Bersted
Bognor Regis
West Blatchington

Tuesday 17 July
Brighton & Hove (Royal Pavilion)
East Grinstead
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Pevensey Bay
St Leonards-on-Sea

Thursday 19 July
Guildford (for evening celebration)