OLYMPIC fever gripped Portsmouth as one of the biggest symbols of the games arrived in the city for the first time.
People queued up in Guildhall Square on Saturday to have their photographs taken with a prototype of the Olympic torch.
Harrison Chalk, 12, of Kingsclere Avenue, Leigh Park, was one of the lucky few to get his hands on the prototype.
He said: ‘It was pretty cool.
‘We got a good look and it’s pretty smart.
‘It’s got lots of little holes in it which feel weird under your hands.’
The Olympic torch will pass through Portsmouth on July 15 next year for an overnight stop on a relay run around the UK.
Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Cheryl Buggy, added: ‘It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. It’s very contemporary. Seeing the torch makes the games seem very real and very close.
‘It’s really great the torch is coming here and means lots of local people will be part of history.’