Olympic pride to light up our streets

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People are being urged to pack the streets when the Olympic torch blazes a trail through our area this summer.

Here The News has published the street-by-street route Olympic torchbearers will take as they carry the famous flame through Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth.

The route has been carefully crafted to make the most of our naval heritage and glorious landmarks.

And the region is set to boost from a massive influx of visitors as one of the few places in Hampshire to be chosen to receive the Olympic flame.

Portsmouth is one of only a handful of cities selected to host the flame overnight.

Portsmouth City Council is working with the Olympics organisers to hold a huge celebration on Southsea Common on July 15, the day the torch arrives.

Details of the free event will be released nearer the time but it is expected to start from around 5pm, two hours before the flame arrives there.

The leader of the council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘The Olympic torch relay is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I’d encourage everybody, including those outside of the city, to come along, line the streets and come to the evening celebration to see this piece of Portsmouth history.

‘We’re delighted the Olympic flame is coming to Portsmouth and staying overnight.

‘This is great opportunity for residents to have a share in the excitement of London 2012.

‘We’re lucky there are so many chances to see the torch relay in our great city.

‘I’m also very much looking forward to welcoming the inspirational torchbearers.’

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games will today also announce the full list of torchbearers who will carry the flame on its journey through the area.

Kitted out in specially-made white and gold uniforms, the torchbearers will each carry their own torch in the relay as they blaze along the trail.

They have all been nominated by their friends and family for being inspirational members of the community, from charity workers to athletes and veterans.

In Fareham, people are being invited to watch the procession in the town centre with an Olympic carnival.

The leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sean Woodward, said: ‘We are creating a carnival atmosphere to welcome the Olympic flame as it travels through the town centre.

‘I hope many local residents will join us to celebrate a momentous occasion and welcome the torchbearers into our local community.’

Around 115 torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame every day during its 8,000-mile journey around the country.

It arrives at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

The route also includes Chichester, Bognor Regis and Petersfield.

For approximate street-by-street timings of when the torch will pass near your home, visit london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.

PORTSMOUTH - DAY ONE

THE city’s naval history will set the scene for the flame’s journey through Portsmouth.

Arriving at the historic dockyard at 6pm, bearers will carry the torch past HMS Warrior and HMS Victory on their way out of the base.

They will then head onto Queen Street towards the city centre.

People will line the streets by St John’s Cathedral as the flame then goes along Edinburgh Road and onto the bottom of Commercial Road.

It will go past Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and into Guildhall Square at around 6.30pm.

Crossing the square, the flame will move along Guildhall Walk and on to Winston Churchill Avenue, Landport Terrace, Hampshire Terrace and Duisburg Way.

The final stop is Southsea Common at around 6.50pm where a huge celebration will run well into the evening.

PORTSMOUTH - DAY TWO

TORCHBEARERS will be given a massive Pompey send-off on July 16 at Fratton Park.

The home of Portsmouth Football Club will host an early morning event for schoolchildren before the flame sets off from the ground at 7.30am after its overnight stay in the city.

From Fratton Park it will travel past the Pompey Centre and along Goldsmith Avenue towards Fratton.

It will then start on the final leg of the relay along Fratton Road and Kingston Road, arriving at Kingston Crescent at around 7.50am.

Here it will be put back on the Olympic convoy and transported out of the city on the M275.

The next part of its journey will see it taken to Petersfield, where it will arrive at 8.30am.

FAREHAM

STARTING in Fareham, the Olympic torch relay will make its way through our area over two days.

The journey begins in East Street, Fareham, at 4.30pm on Sunday, July 15.

There will be a celebratory carnival atmosphere in the town centre from 3pm before the torch convoy makes its way through the pedestrianised shopping precinct.

Heading from East Street to West Street, the torchbearers will pass Westbury Manor Museum.

They will then go down Hartlands Road and onto the A32 towards Gosport, as far as the Fareham Reach industrial site.

As part of the ongoing carnival in the town centre, youngsters from schools in the area will hold their own Fareham 2012 parade.

GOSPORT

GOSPORT’S leg of the relay is split into two sections – Bridgemary and Gosport.

The procession picks up along the A32 from around 4.40pm until it reaches the junction with Bedenham Lane and Tichbourne Way.

The flame will then be taken on a convoy of vehicles to the next stop, which is House Farm Road, in Privett Road East.

The torchbearers will continue on foot at around 5.05pm along Privett Road, past Gosport War Memorial Hospital and onto Bury Road, Stoke Road, Walpole Road, and finally High Street. The torch will then be carried through the Falkland Gardens.

A boat will be waiting to carry the flame across Portsmouth Harbour to the historic dockyard to begin the Portsmouth leg of the journey.