IT WAS an historic moment as thousands braved the rain to see the torch travel through Chichester, Arundel and Worthing yesterday (Monday July 16).
Today Crowborough, Lewes and Pevensey Bay get the chance to be part of history as the Olympic Torch Relay crosses East Sussex to Eastbourne.
Spectators flooded Chichester, with plenty of bunting, flags and homemade signs on show, cheering on the torchbearers every step of the way.
A total of 15 torchbearers took part in the Chichester relay. The route was split into two parts, with the first ending at Chichester Festival Theatre.
The second part of the route started just before 1pm, heading down North Street, along East Street and finishing up at the Sainsbury’s store in Westhampnett.
Then it was on to Arundel where earlier about 1,000 children from schools across the Arun District paraded through the town’s High Street, waving flags and chanting.
Hundreds of other spectators watched on - umbrellas and rain coats in hand - as the youngsters marched into Arundel Castle.
The biggest crowds of the day were at Worthing, where schoolchildren, parents, grandparents and workers lined Chapel Road and South Street to see the convoy of vehicles and torch bearers pass before moving on to Lancing and Brighton and Hove.
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