Marshals are needed for Olympic torch day in Petersfield

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SCORES of volunteers are needed to help on the day the Olympic torch passes through Petersfield.

East Hampshire District Council says preparations for one of the biggest events the town has ever seen are almost finalised, but volunteers are desperately needed.

Community service manager Claire Hughes said: ‘Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the town. Organising such an event is a huge logistical operation.’

The volunteer marshals will help manage crowds. Estimates suggest numbers lining the torch’s route may reach 40,000.

The torch comes to Petersfield on July 16 arriving at about 8.30am at the top of The Causeway, which will be shut from 7.30am. It is in Portsmouth the day before.

Torchbearers will be dressed in specially-made white and gold uniforms and will each carry their own torch for 300 metres.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can call (01730) 234341 or email amanda.fincham@easthants.gov.uk.