Olympic torch - welcome to Lewes

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today showcases prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.''The winning design connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community. The Torch's triangular, gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today showcases prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.''The winning design connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community. The Torch's triangular, gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
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LEWES is set to welcome the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay as it arrives in the town Tuesday July 17.

Skull Drummery, Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band and the County of Sussex Royal British Legion trumpeter Heidi Watkins will herald the torchbearers at various points along the route.

Schoolchildren and residents look forward to welcoming the torch relay and the nine torchbearers who will carry the flame through Lewes include 12-year-old Gabriella Rogers.

“It’s a once in a lifetime and amazing opportunity, I am thrilled that I can be a part of the Olympic relay,” she said.

Shops along the High Street have decorated their windows in an Olympian theme, as part of a competition organised by Lewes Town Council.

The windows will be judged by the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Michael Chartier, the Vice Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe and MP Norman Baker.

The Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Tony Nicholson, has invited schoolchildren who took part in the design competition ‘Celebrating in 2012’ to Lewes House for an opportunity to see the torch relay up close and to present the competition winner with a prize.

A thank you to the 100 volunteers who will help welcome visitors to Lewes is to be hosted at Lewes Town Hall by the Chair of Lewes District Council and the Mayor of Lewes after the relay has passed.

For information relating to the Torch Relay route and road closures go to www.lewes.gov.uk/celebrating2012

The Sussex Express will be bringing you all the latest news as the torch travels through Lewes and beyond.

On the day, go to the live section of our website at http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/olympic-torch-live