Torch relay is another chance to have a party

PARTY TIME! Chart-toppers Rizzle Kicks

PARTY TIME! Chart-toppers Rizzle Kicks

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FROM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the Portsmouth Festivities, people in the area have already shown they know how to throw a party.

But the celebrations are far from over, and when the Olympic torch relay comes to the Portsmouth area next weekend, people are being invited to have fun at a number of outdoor celebrations.

The biggest will be a huge party on Southsea Common, with chart-toppers Rizzle Kicks performing on stage when the flame arrives.

Around the area, community groups will hold their own celebrations.

In Bridgemary, Gosport, neighbours will gather outside Vector Aerospace on the A32 to cheer the torchbearers on.

Youngsters will spend the day making their own torches to wave as the procession moves past.

Organiser Lesley Ward said: ‘It’s is running past us on the A32 – we’re very proud of that fact.

‘So we’re just going to go out and celebrate and party.

‘We’re telling people to bring their families, friends, flags and a smile for the cameras and to spread out to line the A32 to welcome the Olympic flame to Bridgemary for this once in a lifetime event.’

A number of other events are being held around the area to mark the Olympic spectacle.

The Hampshire Water Festival, which takes place at Staunton Country Park in Havant, will run on July 14 and 15.

A concert on Sunday will mark the Olympic torch coming to the area and there will be various sports for people to try out including rowing, volleyball and hockey.

Meanwhile, in Fareham, staff at Fareham Leisure Centre will hold a day of activities before the torch passes through the town.

Adults can take part in fitness sessions while youngsters can try sumo wrestling.

People can also swim for free there from 2pm to 3pm.

The open day runs from 9am until 4pm on July 15.

Manager Nigel Ashton said: ‘The Olympic torch brings excitement and energy to everyone on its route and we are lucky to have it passing so near to us.’

He added: ‘It gives us an ideal opportunity to host a celebration for families in the area.’

Last meeting for ideas on how to mark the big relay

PEOPLE in Gosport are again being invited to share their ideas on how the town can welcome the Olympic torch relay.

The Gosport Going 4 Gold group is holding one last meeting before the torch arrives in the area on July 15.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the town to watch the relay.

Now the group is trying to get schools, shopkeepers and businesses behind one last push for ideas.

The meeting takes place at 7pm on Monday at the Thorngate Hall in Bury Road, Gosport.

Meanwhile, people are being warned to plan their journeys in advance over the weekend.

With huge numbers of people coming into the area for a glimpse of the torch, motorways and roads are expected to be packed.

The Highways Agency is urging people to check the timings of the relay on london2012.com and plan their journeys around it.

Live updates on traffic conditions will be posted on Twitter @HAtraffic_seast

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