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FLOODING at a Gosport park means the town’s planned torch celebration has been moved.

Thousands of people are expected to gather in the town on Sunday to see the Olympic flame on its way to Portsmouth.

Gosport Borough Council had planned a host of activities and events for families in Walpole Park.

But flooding as a result of the heavy rain over the last few days means the event has been moved.

It will now take place on the nearby grassed area near to the Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Green.

A council spokeswoman said: ‘Due to flooding of the site and subsequent health and safety concerns, the Gosport Borough Council Olympic Torch event, due to take place on Walpole Park, has been moved to a new venue.

‘Everything that was due to take place on Walpole Park has moved to the grassed area at The Timespace, near to Trinity Church.

‘The programme of events and times remain unchanged.’

There are two main areas where people in Gosport can view the relay.

Those living in the north of the town can view the procession from around 4.40pm as it travels from Fareham along the A32 to Camp Road. It will then go into a convoy and drive to Privett Road East for 5.07pm.

There the torch will continue along Privett Road, Bury Road, Stoke Road, past Walpole Park and into the High Street. A viewing area for disabled people will be available in Gosport’s town centre between the Discovery Centre and the Town Hall.