Gosport is going for gold to welcome the Olympic torch

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PEOPLE in Gosport are fanning the flames of Olympic fever by coming up with ideas for how to celebrate the torch relay coming to town.

Dozens of people turned up to a meeting to discuss ideas on how to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in July.

Shopkeepers have said they will decorate their buildings while pubs along the trail will hold barbecues and family activities.

And a group of litterpicking volunteers will meet up on the day the torch arrives to tidy up the route.

Jacky Charman, from the Gosport Going 4 Gold group, said: ‘It was a great evening. There was a buzz over what people wanted to do and how they wanted to share and enjoy the day.

‘The overall feeling is one of family and community fun.

‘The aim of the meeting was to get people talking together and that happened.

‘Ideas are easy, but it’s getting those ideas into actions that is harder and we need people in each area to say “I’ll do that.”

‘Making this a big family event will give us a day to remember.’

Gosport Borough Council is planning to hold an event in Walpole Park on July 15 when the torch arrives in the town.

The Gosport Discovery Centre is also holding a number of Olympic-themed events and workshops.

People were invited to share their ideas at a meeting in Thorngate Hall, Bury Road, on Thursday.

Brian Russell, of the Gosporteers, said: ‘It’s all coming together nicely.

‘There was a good mix of people and some good ideas.

‘By holding these meetings we are just acting as facilitators, so if people have an idea we need them to bring it forward.

‘People are really starting to think about it and get on board.’

The Olympic torch first arrives in Fareham.

It will then be carried by dozens of torchbearers through Gosport and Portsmouth.

In Gosport, the torch will arrive at the top end of the A32 at 4.40pm.

It travels past Bridgemary to the Gosport Business Centre at the junction with Bedenham Road.

A vehicle convoy will then carry the torch to the Cocked Hat pub in Privett Road.

Torchbearers will then carry the flame along Privett Road, Bury Road, Stoke Road, Walpole Road and High Street.

It will arrive at the Falkland Gardens at around 5.50pm, ready to be carried to Portsmouth in a flotilla of boats.