Olympic torch to blaze a trail through our towns

W45095H11 WH WTORCH GT 07.11.11.''  Olympic Torch ...............   The Mayor of Worthing with Ann Bridges , Chairman of Lancing Parish Council and Ben Board , Gb rower ........ W45095H11.
W45095H11 WH WTORCH GT 07.11.11.'' Olympic Torch ............... The Mayor of Worthing with Ann Bridges , Chairman of Lancing Parish Council and Ben Board , Gb rower ........ W45095H11.

THE Olympic torch will pass through Worthing and Lancing as part of its 8,000-mile relay around the UK.

The torch will pass through the two towns on Monday, July 16, as the torch makes its way from Portsmouth to Brighton.

The torch’s arrival in Worthing will be its 16th day of the 70-day trip, but the exact route and timing of the relay will not be revealed until two weeks prior to the event.

The runners of the relay for the area will be revealed in the coming months. Mayor of Worthing, Ann Barlow, said she was thrilled the Olympic torch is set to come to Worthing.

“It is a huge honour that the torch is coming through the town,” she said. “It will bring a sense of excitement about the Games to Worthing and it also celebrates all the great athletes we have here.”

She added: “I hope the whole of Worthing will come out to celebrate this event. I’m calling to all the schools to let their children off for an hour on the day so they can come down and help cheer the torch along.”

The announcement of the torch coming to Worthing has set a buzz among the town’s budding athletes. Joe Hazeldine, 14, of Sompting Avenue, is a member of Worthing Swimming Club.

He said: “I’d love to compete at GB level, I’m excited about the torch coming to Worthing, it makes me want to train harder so I can get to the Olympics eventually.”

Paula Howells, 14, of Palatine Road, plays for Brighton and Hove Albion under-15 girls, and is also a representative on the England under-15 girls team.

“I love football,” she said. “I want to get to the best level I can. Hopefully, the torch will encourage more people to take up sport.”

It is also hoped the torch’s visit will boost the local economy.

Councillor Bryan Turner, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We will be working as hard as we can to make this a real event for the town.”