John shows the Olympic spirit is alive in Gosport

GOOD KNIGHT John Dadd waits to greet the Olympic flame in Privett Road, Gosport (122394-0084)
GOOD KNIGHT John Dadd waits to greet the Olympic flame in Privett Road, Gosport (122394-0084)
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THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Gosport to cheer the torchbearers as they ran past.

And as well as the torch spectacle, families turned out for a day of sports-related fun at events organised around the area.

RINGS Iain McDougall hangs Olympic rings outside Queens Parade News in Privett Road, Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid (122394-0090)

RINGS Iain McDougall hangs Olympic rings outside Queens Parade News in Privett Road, Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid (122394-0090)

Daniel Wallis, 27, of Forest Way, watched the torchbearers run along Stoke Road.

He said: ‘I’m really glad I came down to see it because it has been amazing.

‘It’s not likely you’ll see anything like this again and it’s good to be part of it.

‘I was reading up on the torchbearers’ stories and I think it’s great they’ve been chosen.

‘Gosport has been absolutely packed and there were loads of people out to show their support.’

The Olympic flame first went along the A32 past Bridgemary before moving down to Privett Road.

Torchbearers then ran through Bury Road, Stoke Road, and High Street, before the last carrier sprinted towards the Gosport Ferry pontoon.

He was greeted by the mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson, who joined the procession as it boarded the ferry.

The Spirit of Gosport was carried the flame across to Portsmouth, blasting her horn across the harbour.

Keith Edwards, the general manager of the Gosport Ferry, said: ‘It was a great day for the people of Gosport.

‘They turned out in their thousands to watch the torch which is great.

‘The Gosport Ferry is part of Gosport and we are honoured to have been involved.’

Crowds began gathering in Gosport from the early afternoon.

At the Falkland Gardens, the HMS Sultan band entertained families along with the choir from Brune Park Community College.

Jacky Charman, one of the organisers of the Gosport Going 4 Gold project, said: ‘The people of Gosport should be so proud of themselves.

‘It was their time to shine and they sparkled.’

Eight torchbearers carried the flame through the town, from charity fundraisers to upcoming sports stars.