When it comes to the torch, we’re the top tweeters!

CROWDS Up to 70,000 people turned out to see the Olympic Torch at Southsea Common. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122387-5830)
CROWDS Up to 70,000 people turned out to see the Olympic Torch at Southsea Common. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122387-5830)
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PORTSMOUTH has already won gold – when it comes to expressing excitement about the Olympic Games.

The city has topped the table after a nationwide survey to see which area was sending the most positive messages on the internet about London 2012 and the Torch Relay.

The result comes on the back of Locog praising Portsmouth for giving the torch the biggest arrival in the UK. Between 65,000 and 70,000 greeted it at a huge party on Southsea Common on July 15. Thousands more saw it pass through Fareham and Gosport.

And The News’ own coverage of the Torch relay helped contribute as our team of reporters spent the day sharing the carnival atmosphere through Twitter with our readers.

Of all the tweets – messages of 140 characters or less sent through the social media website Twitter – sent in Portsmouth in the run-up to the Games, 89 per cent were judged to be positive, beating the national average of 63 per cent.

Oxford and Leicester were tied in second place a whopping 17 per cent behind on 72 per cent. The survey was carried out by EDF Energy as part of its Energy of the Nation campaign.

Olympic legend Daley Thompson, who won back-to-back golds in the decathlon, said: ‘I understand what it means to our Olympians and Paralympians to know that the whole nation is behind them.

‘With a few days to go before we kick off the greatest show on earth, there’s an incredible sense of excitement – and maybe a bit of nervous energy. So let’s take all those positive vibes and really lift the Energy of the Nation up to 100 per cent.

‘It’s great to see Portsmouth has already been getting behind the games during the Torch Relay.’

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of Portsmouth City Council said: ‘It’s not surprising to hear this, it just confirms what we knew about the turnout for the torch coming through, that we had the best turnout of anywhere in the country.

‘Portsmouth takes these sorts of things to heart – people are very positive about these big events.

‘Portsmouth has always been very proud of being British.’

Tweeting the torch relay all the way along

HERE are just a handful of the tweets made in our region when the Torch Relay passed through on July 15 and 16

· kiernan5: In Guildhall Sq, awaiting torch relay! Excitement building. #newstorch

· GIBBODIFH: #OlympicFlame has arrived in Fareham and the sun is coming out

· NeilPenfold: Great to see olympic torch relay in Fareham a stones throw from the close I grew up in

· Lardmeister: Good crowds for the arrival of the torch in Gosport

· GIBBODIFH: #newstorch great atmosphere on the A32 should do it more often !!!!

· katy_sexton: Fantastic atmosphere in fareham watching the Olympic torch #newstorch #Olympics

· HampshireDance: An inspiring start to week as the torch was sent on its way carried by 92yr old John Jenkins #torchrelay #newstorch

· cj_dinenage: #Gosporttorch due any second - thousands lining the streets of Gosport & in Falkland Gardens – and it’s sunny yay! So proud!!

· stevebone1: #Olympictorch has passed Bone Towers in Gosport. Terrific number of people lining the route and of course it was sunny. Always sunny in Gos

· marymaryw: Haven’t seen this many people turn out in Portsmouth since #Pompey won the FA Cup. #olympictorch

· kinchen1994: Feeling very patriotic watching the olympic flame in Portsmouth this evening