Fratton Park crowd sends the Olympic Torch on its way

PROUD John Jenkins holds the Olympic Flame as the day begins at Fratton Park.
PROUD John Jenkins holds the Olympic Flame as the day begins at Fratton Park.
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A MORNING of song and dance marked the lighting of the Olympic torch at Fratton Park this morning.

More than 100 children from schools across the city got the chance to enjoy the once in a lifetime occasion.

The morning’s fun got underway at just after 7am and the crowd were treated to an early morning dance routine thanks to the energetic Streetfunk.

Beaming youngsters from the Portsmouth Voices choir performed Olympic-themed songs as the first torch bearer, 92-year-old John Jenkins, prepared himself for the occasion.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas addressed the crowd and spoke of his pride at the city hosting the occasion.

Mr Jenkins, a Second World War veteran, made his way onto the Fratton Park pitch and lit his torch from the lantern containing the famous flame.

After posing for photographs, he looked overwhelmed to be handed the experience and eagerly waved to the applauding crowds before making his way to the next torchbearer.