Key Points

• Torch reaches Kings Worthy at 13.14
• Will leave five minutes later
Winchester leg begins at 13.23
• Send us your photos - find out more
• Reporters Andrew Napier, Melanie Adams, Joe Curtis and Rachel Masker are along the route.
• Check out our photo gallery of the torch relay.

Welcome to the live blog as the Olympic Torch arrives in Hampshire. Earlier today the torch was shown off to the people of Basingstoke and will later visit Andover.

If you would like to see the route the torch relay will be taking through Winchester, you can check out the map of the route in our special Olympic section.

If you have taken any photos or video, send them in to us and we'll try and include them in the live blog or later photo galleries. To find out how to send them to us, see our Olympics homepage.

Reporter Melanie Adams is in Kings Worthy, where the crowds have been growing for over two hours. At the moment, they are enjoying blue skies, which is a bit of luck considering how the weather has been.

Melanie has sent in this photo of the crowds as they wait:
Daily Echo: Crowds in Kings Worthy for the Olympic Torch Relay

In Winchester, Joe Curtis reports: "Eager crowds are massing on Worthy Road, waving Union Flags and getting excited at the impending arrival of the torch."

Time for a vote:

Large crowds in Winchester High Street and flag vendors are doing a roaring trade, according to reporter Andrew Napier.

The Kings Worthy leg is due to start any second now.

In total, 12 people will be torch bearers in Kings Worthy and Winchester, eight of which are from Hampshire.

Another photo from Melanie Adams reporting in Winchester:

Daily Echo: Kings Worthy Torch Relay

The torch is running ten minutes late, the crowds in Winchester have just been told, according to reporter Joe Curtis, who is waiting at Worthy Road.

A short video clip of the crowds waiting for the torch.

Despite the delay, crowds in central Winchester are up to four deep along the route.

During the Winchester leg, the relay will stop by Osborne School for an hour before continuing on its way.

The torch has completed its very short leg through Kings Worthy and is now en route to Winchester itself.

Winchester Cathedral's bells peeling ahead of the arrival of the torch relay and some punters have even taken to the parapet of the roof of the William Walker pub on Market Street to try and get the best view.

The Olympic Torch in Kings Worthy on video:

Five deep crowd roared in delight as the torch set off down Worthy Road to begin the relay through Winchester city centre.

It may have passed through Kings Worthy but the occasion has been enjoyed by families and people of all ages:
Daily Echo: Crowds in Kings Worthy

Torch enters Hyde Street is greeted by its own song, performed by a local choir. A huge crowd is cheering the torch, with the throngs as many as six people deep along the route.

With excitement reaching feverish levels, over-enthusiastic teenagers have been ordered off a seven-foot wall in Market Street by a police officer. “It’s too dangerous,” he said.

Gerry Brown from Atlanta Georgia is the torch bearer running along Hyde Street. He's an employee of Coca-Cola and was chosen for his voluntary work.

Daily Echo: Torch handover

Torch is now in the city centre, with much whooping and cheering from the thousands assembled. Currently, 16 -year-old Romsey girl Charlotte Towell is running with the torch.

The torch has been passed on again - this time to 18-year-old Kirstie Nash, who has the privilege of running through her home city.

This is the Maisie Rafferty, one of the torch bearers in Winchester. The 17-year-old comes from Portsmouth.
Daily Echo: This is the Maisie Rafferty, one of the torch bearers in Winchester. The 17-year-old comes from Portsmouth.

Torch reaches cathedral amid huge applause then moves onto the high street where welcomed by crowds five-deep and a cacophony of noise, music and cheering.

The roads are swamped by hundreds of people as the final leg through Winchester begins towards Andover Road. The relay is still running around 10 minutes behind schedule.

Andrew Bennett, 54, is the latest torch bearer. He hails from Winchester.

Shortly, the torch will stop at Osborne School where it will remain for just under an hour. It will then resume the route through Winchester for a further three minutes before heading in convoy to Andover.


Selina Shawney finishes the torch relay in Winchester, Andover Road. Crowds cheer to end an emotional occasion.


Thank you for following the live updates as the torch visited Winchester. At the peak, over 1,300 unique users were following the blog eager to find out what was going on.

Later on this afternoon you'll be able to follow updates from Andover as the relay continues there - see for more, including photo galleries.