Fareham and Gosport will receive Olympic torch visit on way to Portsmouth

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THE Olympic torch will visit Fareham and Gosport on its way to Portsmouth next year.

Details of the route the torch will take after it arrives in the UK on July 11, 2012, have been announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

On July 15 it will arrive in Fareham, following visits to Southampton and Jersey, before being carried through Bridgemary to Gosport.

From there it will take a trip across the harbour to Portsmouth, and on the following day it visits Petersfield before leaving Hampshire and heading towards Brighton, in East Sussex.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Ken Thornber, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted for the residents of Hampshire that the Olympic Flame will be in the county over four days. It will be visiting 13 towns and cities – the most any county will see the torch outside of London, which is very exciting indeed.

‘We will now be working with our partners to plan lots of exciting events and activities to line the routes as well as encouraging as many people as possible to support members of the community who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame through Hampshire.

‘The County Council will also be busy ensuring that the relay will run smoothly with carefully planned road closures and diversions and using our Accredited Community Safety Officers to line the route.

‘Up to date information on the route, road closures, diversions, a map of the route, events and activities will all be updated on www.hants.gov.uk/2012.’