Olympic torch display draws crowds to the Stade

Riley Maisey holding the torch
Riley Maisey holding the torch

HUNDREDS of Olympic enthusiasts flocked to the Stade on Tuesday for a rare chance to hold a genuine torch.

As well as having their photo taken with an example of the 2012 Olympic torch, visitors had the chance to learn more about the history of the Olympic Games, at the display which was brought to Hastings as part of the Lloyds TSB London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour.

There was also the opportunity to nominate someone as a torch bearer for when the Olympic Flame passes through Hastings next year on July 17. Gordon Lott, head of Olympic marketing for Lloyds TSB, said: “We encourage people to think about whether they know of a friend, neighbour, or someone else who has made a real difference to the community, who they would like to nominate to carry the Olympic flame.”

He said that many people were surprised to learn that there is not just one olympic torch but many, as it is actually the flame that is passed, not the torch itself.

Among those keen to see and hold the Olympic torch was Riley Maisey, four, from Ramsgate, who came with his mum Michelle.

To nominate someone as a torch bearer visit www.lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame

And today (Friday), a series of Olympic and Paralympic sports are on offer in Alexandra Park.

The family event kicks off at 10am and runs until 4pm and is being run by Active Hastings.

It will also mark the launch of the new Active Women project.

Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for leisure at Hastings Borough Council, said: “Active Hastings has been offering opportunities for people to get active for five years, and a programme inspired by the Olympic Games will be a fantastic way of building on this work. Seven events will take place in the year leading up to the Olympics, each with an Olympic theme.”