Church carries Olympic flame

The Reverend David Power with the 1948 torch and Megan Brushwood, seven, with the torch she made.

The Reverend David Power with the 1948 torch and Megan Brushwood, seven, with the torch she made.

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WORSHIPPERS at a Portsmouth church were given a sporting treat when the vicar unveiled a small piece of Olympic history.

The Rev David Power was beaming with pride at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Copnor, as he held an Olympic torch.

But rather than the tall, golden structure associated with the London 2012 Games, this one dated back to 1948.

The tall aluminium pole was carried through the streets of Portsmouth when the games were last held in the country.

It was loaned to the church by Audrey Rees, whose late husband Douglas Rees carried the flame more than six decades ago.

Mrs Rees, of Cowplain, said: ‘I am sure Doug was looking down and he would have been so proud to see his torch being shown to so many people.

‘Having the Olympics in this country this year brings back a lot of memories of Doug, who is thoroughly missed.’

Olympic fever took over the church as it was decorated with Union Flags and sporting memorabilia.

The congregation sang hymns inspired by light and flames.

During the service, which was held on Sunday – the day the torch came to Portsmouth – the children’s group called Frogs made their own torches with gold card and flame-coloured tissue paper.

At the end, the congregation applauded as the children performed their own torch relay around the church.

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