THE Olympic Flame will be coming to West Sussex for two days in July next year during its route around the UK. It will be in the county on July 16 and 17, passing through 18 local communities, including Chichester, Worthing, Crawley and East Grinstead, but missing out the whole of Horsham District, where residents will have to travel to Worthing or Crawley to see it.
On Monday July 16 the route takes it through Rogate, Midhurst, Easebourne, Tillington, Petworth, Duncton, Chichester, North and South Bersted, Bognor Regis, Woodgate, Westergate, Arundel, Worthing, Lancing before going to West Blatchington and Brighton for the evening. The following day, the route includes Crawley, Copthorne, and East Grinstead.
Deputy Leader of the County Council, Lionel Barnard, said: “West Sussex was quick to realise the benefits to be gained from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I am very pleased to welcome the Olympic Flame. This will shine a light on many of our communities and be a special opportunity for us to see the Torch Relay. I hope many people will take up the opportunity to make this a really special two days.”
Sally Gunnell, Olympic gold medallist and Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex, added: “The Olympics are such a wonderful inspiration to young people. Having the Olympic Torch travelling through West Sussex is a brilliant chance for communities to celebrate this once in a life time event, and to cheer the local people who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame.”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “We are thrilled to confirm that West Sussex communities will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the county to welcome the torch during its journey around the UK. I want to encourage people across West Sussex to start planning to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers as we count down to the start of the Olympics.”