Community project could keep Gosport’s Olympic torch memories alive

MEMORABLE  The Olympic Torch relay passing through Gosport. Susan Groves, right, hands over to Daphne Laycock in Privett Road Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid (122394-946)
MEMORABLE The Olympic Torch relay passing through Gosport. Susan Groves, right, hands over to Daphne Laycock in Privett Road Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid (122394-946)
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THE legacy of the London Olympics could burn forever in Gosport if a community project idea gets off the ground.

Lesley Ward, of Gosport Going 4 Gold, hopes the thousands who turned out to see the Olympic torch come through the town will share their photographs and videos of the historic event with the group.

She then hopes to piece them together to form a montage from the moment the torch entered Gosport to it leaving.

People turned out in their droves to witness the flame in Gosport on July 15.

It comes as tourism bosses revealed around 22 per cent of the UK’s population turned out to see the Olympic torch on its journey to London. Lesley was a key player in getting the community involved in the torch relay and the Olympic bell ringing on July 27 through the Gosport Going 4 Gold Group.

She said Gosport should have a lasting legacy of the Olympic games.

She said: ‘It’s a culmination of the community involvement we had with the torch.

‘People felt like they were part of the Olympic movement even though the event is in London.

‘We felt that we could be a part of what has turned out to be a fabulous Olympic Games.

‘There was great momentum behind the torch, and perhaps we were so wrapped up in the relay that the bell ringing went to the back of people’s minds.

‘It certainly touched people and made you feel part of something very special in our country, and made you proud to be a part of the Olympics, which has proved to be greater than anyone thought it would be.’

Lesley hopes Gosport Borough Council could get behind the idea to support a permanent feature in the town.

She adds: ‘What can we do to carry this pride on? It all started with the Diamond Jubilee street party celebrations, then with the torch and the bell ringing, and the games themselves.

‘There must be hundreds of people who have taken pictures and videos of the torch running through Gosport and it would be good to find a way of getting them all together, and find somewhere we can put them on show for people to see themselves.

‘Something very special happened the day the torch came to Gosport. It would be wonderful if we could capture all those memories. It’s a lot of work but we have got people in our group who would be willing to do that if we can get them pieced together.’

To get involved, search Gosport Going 4 Gold on Facebook.