Olympic torch is a big draw at fair

GAMES Olympic torch bearer John Jenkins popped in and met Tabatha Mclean, five, and her brother Toby White, nine. (123113-5)
GAMES Olympic torch bearer John Jenkins popped in and met Tabatha Mclean, five, and her brother Toby White, nine. (123113-5)
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TALES from an Olympic torchbearer were the highlight of an autumn fair.

John Jenkins was the guest of honour at the event at the Havelock Community Centre, Southsea, on Saturday.

STALL Portsmouth Lions members on the bric-a-brac stall ' from left, Keith Eastwell, Julie Rodgers and Dave Oxford. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (123113-1)

STALL Portsmouth Lions members on the bric-a-brac stall ' from left, Keith Eastwell, Julie Rodgers and Dave Oxford. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (123113-1)

The 92-year-old, of Eastern Road, Milton, is a member of the centre’s Pleasure in Painting group and was asked to be a torchbearer with the job of carrying the flame from Fratton Park.

He was inundated with questions from excited youngsters and much older fans when he arrived at the centre, in Fawcett Road, carrying the torch and wearing his white and gold team GB tracksuit.

He said: ‘People are still very interested.

‘I did the leg to Goldsmith Avenue.

‘They asked if they could hold the torch and they were all surprised at how heavy it is.’

There were plenty of stalls selling clothes, books and bric-a-brac and lots of fun and games for children including face painting, nail painting and a bran tub with a prize for everyone who entered.

Jan O’Neill is the chairman of the community centre.

She said: ‘Our centre isn’t funded and all of us who work here are volunteers.

‘We fundraise to keep the building going and enhance it for all our members.

‘It’s been a lovely day and we’re hoping to raise enough money to get storage for all our tables.

‘We would also like to have a couple of steps put in so older people don’t have to walk round the side to get in.’

Call the centre on (023) 9229 5821.