Torch relay back in Hampshire and Southampton today

Daily Echo: Torch relay back in Hampshire today Torch relay back in Hampshire today

AT last it is here!

Today is the day people across the region have been waiting for.

A bumper crowd of 100,000 people are set to line the streets to see the Olympic flame as it burns through Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

From children to pensioners, people of all ages are set to come out in force today to witness a once in a lifetime event in New Forest, the Isle of Wight and Southampton.

For 56 days inspirational people have proudly carried the golden torch across the country on its mammoth journey across the UK.

Following the torch’s tour of Kings Worthy and Winchester on Wednesday, the flame will return in Hampshire at 10.10am today.

Civic chiefs are urging patriotic residents to pick a place along the route at least an hour in advance, to avoid missing out.

Its first stop at 10.10am is Lyndhurst.

It will reach Brockenhurst by 10.25am where it will visit Brockenhurst College.

Lymington will be the next stop and there it will stay for 45 minutes.

The flame will then travel by ferry to the Isle of Wight before it will return to Southampton at 5.40pm.

Torchbearers will parade the flame through the streets on a four-mile route around the city- including a lap of the pitch at St Mary’s stadium.

Tonight the torch will finish its journey at Mayflower Park at 6.49pm where an evening celebration will take place featuring British rapper Wretch 32.

Families who want a great vantage point while avoiding the biggest crowds of the day are urged to go to Hoglands Park or Queensway, near the Holyrood Estate, which are set to be the quieter areas of the city during the relay.

Southampton City Council chiefs have recommended lining the streets of Marine Parade near St Mary’s stadium, where the torch will travel at 6.28pm, just after its lap of the St Mary’s stadium.

Revellers looking for a lively atmosphere should head to the QE2 Mile from Below Bar, where it will head east just short of Guildhall Square.

Early risers will have a final opportunity to see the torch in a quieter atmosphere on Sunday when it leaves Guildhall Square at 6am tomorrow.

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8:55am Sat 14 Jul 12

freefinker says...

.. oh, so utterly, utterly boring.

ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ.
.. oh, so utterly, utterly boring. ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ. freefinker
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9:29am Sat 14 Jul 12

daveetwo says...

freefinker wrote:
.. oh, so utterly, utterly boring.

ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ.
Obviously interesting enough for you to read and post.
As seems to be often to case when people have a moan.
Let those that want to enjoy events like this do so.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. oh, so utterly, utterly boring. ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ.[/p][/quote]Obviously interesting enough for you to read and post. As seems to be often to case when people have a moan. Let those that want to enjoy events like this do so. daveetwo
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9:43am Sat 14 Jul 12

ottostrasser says...

Not just boring a complete fraud.The whole purpose of it is to give publicity to the sponsors.The "torch" is surrounded by vans covered with logos of the sponsors and playing ear spliiting advertising jingles.
Anyone who is gullible enough to watch it come back and tell me otherwise.
A proof in in point is the fact that when the "torch" passes though an area where there are few people to witness the corporate convoy it is bunged in a van until it reaches an area of population.
It is a utter fabricated hype.
And dont start me on the fact that there are more military personnel guarding the olympics than there are sationed in Aghanistan.
Not just boring a complete fraud.The whole purpose of it is to give publicity to the sponsors.The "torch" is surrounded by vans covered with logos of the sponsors and playing ear spliiting advertising jingles. Anyone who is gullible enough to watch it come back and tell me otherwise. A proof in in point is the fact that when the "torch" passes though an area where there are few people to witness the corporate convoy it is bunged in a van until it reaches an area of population. It is a utter fabricated hype. And dont start me on the fact that there are more military personnel guarding the olympics than there are sationed in Aghanistan. ottostrasser
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10:33am Sat 14 Jul 12

hulla baloo says...

ottostrasser wrote:
Not just boring a complete fraud.The whole purpose of it is to give publicity to the sponsors.The "torch" is surrounded by vans covered with logos of the sponsors and playing ear spliiting advertising jingles.
Anyone who is gullible enough to watch it come back and tell me otherwise.
A proof in in point is the fact that when the "torch" passes though an area where there are few people to witness the corporate convoy it is bunged in a van until it reaches an area of population.
It is a utter fabricated hype.
And dont start me on the fact that there are more military personnel guarding the olympics than there are sationed in Aghanistan.
Agree. And where are all the tree huggers now? Dont see them complaining about the number of vehicles being used for this corporate charade.
[quote][p][bold]ottostrasser[/bold] wrote: Not just boring a complete fraud.The whole purpose of it is to give publicity to the sponsors.The "torch" is surrounded by vans covered with logos of the sponsors and playing ear spliiting advertising jingles. Anyone who is gullible enough to watch it come back and tell me otherwise. A proof in in point is the fact that when the "torch" passes though an area where there are few people to witness the corporate convoy it is bunged in a van until it reaches an area of population. It is a utter fabricated hype. And dont start me on the fact that there are more military personnel guarding the olympics than there are sationed in Aghanistan.[/p][/quote]Agree. And where are all the tree huggers now? Dont see them complaining about the number of vehicles being used for this corporate charade. hulla baloo
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11:20am Sat 14 Jul 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

ottostrasser wrote:
Not just boring a complete fraud.The whole purpose of it is to give publicity to the sponsors.The "torch" is surrounded by vans covered with logos of the sponsors and playing ear spliiting advertising jingles.
Anyone who is gullible enough to watch it come back and tell me otherwise.
A proof in in point is the fact that when the "torch" passes though an area where there are few people to witness the corporate convoy it is bunged in a van until it reaches an area of population.
It is a utter fabricated hype.
And dont start me on the fact that there are more military personnel guarding the olympics than there are sationed in Aghanistan.
Point well made.

Olympic games have moved away from the 'Olympic principles' now they are hardly any different than any other commercialised sports.

No I do not criticise people who line up to see this 'flame'. They are genuine people who want to support sports and old fashioned 'Sportsmanship'. No different than most of us who also travel long distances to watch our favourite sports.

Olympic movement has become another vehicle for advertising industry, and public relations platform for political class world wide.

Lately most of the cities that hosted games hoping to make profits in fact were left with massive bills. Here even the games have not even started but we already have got lumbered with G4S scandal, who knows what could be next?
[quote][p][bold]ottostrasser[/bold] wrote: Not just boring a complete fraud.The whole purpose of it is to give publicity to the sponsors.The "torch" is surrounded by vans covered with logos of the sponsors and playing ear spliiting advertising jingles. Anyone who is gullible enough to watch it come back and tell me otherwise. A proof in in point is the fact that when the "torch" passes though an area where there are few people to witness the corporate convoy it is bunged in a van until it reaches an area of population. It is a utter fabricated hype. And dont start me on the fact that there are more military personnel guarding the olympics than there are sationed in Aghanistan.[/p][/quote]Point well made. Olympic games have moved away from the 'Olympic principles' now they are hardly any different than any other commercialised sports. No I do not criticise people who line up to see this 'flame'. They are genuine people who want to support sports and old fashioned 'Sportsmanship'. No different than most of us who also travel long distances to watch our favourite sports. Olympic movement has become another vehicle for advertising industry, and public relations platform for political class world wide. Lately most of the cities that hosted games hoping to make profits in fact were left with massive bills. Here even the games have not even started but we already have got lumbered with G4S scandal, who knows what could be next? Paramjit Bahia
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11:26am Sat 14 Jul 12

NormanGunston says...

Can't decide what's worse. the procession of our country whoring itself out in the benefit of mcdonads and coke, or the fact that the modern idea for this came from hitler.
Can't decide what's worse. the procession of our country whoring itself out in the benefit of mcdonads and coke, or the fact that the modern idea for this came from hitler. NormanGunston
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12:29pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

If hypocrisy of companies like McDonald that mints money out of selling unhealthy foods, and few others with questionable records was not enough to insult the ideals of Olympics, then look closer to home and observe what Southampton Council led by Williams the Dear Leader is doing.

Our NuLabourite Councillors probably will be pretending to cash on the publicity surrounding the torch, which is supposed to promote sports, but won’t talk about their shameful decision to close Oaklands Swimming Pool.

If that was not enough the right wing followers of Dear Leader are also planning to take action against Cllr. Don Thomas and Cllr. Keith Morrell because while representing the interests of people of their ward they had the courage to vote against cuts and for saving a well used sports facility.
If hypocrisy of companies like McDonald that mints money out of selling unhealthy foods, and few others with questionable records was not enough to insult the ideals of Olympics, then look closer to home and observe what Southampton Council led by Williams the Dear Leader is doing. Our NuLabourite Councillors probably will be pretending to cash on the publicity surrounding the torch, which is supposed to promote sports, but won’t talk about their shameful decision to close Oaklands Swimming Pool. If that was not enough the right wing followers of Dear Leader are also planning to take action against Cllr. Don Thomas and Cllr. Keith Morrell because while representing the interests of people of their ward they had the courage to vote against cuts and for saving a well used sports facility. Paramjit Bahia
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1:21pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Sovietobserver says...

People of Southampton, show some class and ignore this ridiculous relay. Don't disgrace yourselves on TV by standing wide-eyed and drool chinned by the roadside mindlessly applauding a nazi rite that should have been extinguished after the 1936 Berlin games, show your contempt for the sports luvvies who have wasted £11 billion of public money on the London Egg and Spoon races.
They may be able to edit out protests with their two minute delay of the coverage, but they can't edit out our mass indifference.
People of Southampton, show some class and ignore this ridiculous relay. Don't disgrace yourselves on TV by standing wide-eyed and drool chinned by the roadside mindlessly applauding a nazi rite that should have been extinguished after the 1936 Berlin games, show your contempt for the sports luvvies who have wasted £11 billion of public money on the London Egg and Spoon races. They may be able to edit out protests with their two minute delay of the coverage, but they can't edit out our mass indifference. Sovietobserver
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2:58pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Hope the Rain is kept off it!
Hope the Rain is kept off it! Fatty x Ford Worker
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6:54pm Sat 14 Jul 12

lordshill loyal says...

paramjit bahia.you have taken the words right out off my mouth.THIS COUNCIL SHOULD HAND THEIR HEADS IN SHAME.SAVE OAKLANDS SWIMMING POOL
paramjit bahia.you have taken the words right out off my mouth.THIS COUNCIL SHOULD HAND THEIR HEADS IN SHAME.SAVE OAKLANDS SWIMMING POOL lordshill loyal
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7:17pm Sat 14 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

lordshill loyal wrote:
paramjit bahia.you have taken the words right out off my mouth.THIS COUNCIL SHOULD HAND THEIR HEADS IN SHAME.SAVE OAKLANDS SWIMMING POOL
You keep saying save the pool, but are not being constructive with any of your posts and I'm on your side here.

Is there a petition and a link to it, is there anything us readers can do to help? By posting save the pool on every article isn't achieving anything other than taking every news item off topic which creates negativity for your cause.

YES, save the pool, but tell us readers what we can do to help save the pool. x
[quote][p][bold]lordshill loyal[/bold] wrote: paramjit bahia.you have taken the words right out off my mouth.THIS COUNCIL SHOULD HAND THEIR HEADS IN SHAME.SAVE OAKLANDS SWIMMING POOL[/p][/quote]You keep saying save the pool, but are not being constructive with any of your posts and I'm on your side here. Is there a petition and a link to it, is there anything us readers can do to help? By posting save the pool on every article isn't achieving anything other than taking every news item off topic which creates negativity for your cause. YES, save the pool, but tell us readers what we can do to help save the pool. x IronLady2010
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3:12am Sun 15 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Southampton continues to be the whinger capital of the UK, you sad bunch. Save the Pool and maybe we can get some Swimming Golds in the future.
Southampton continues to be the whinger capital of the UK, you sad bunch. Save the Pool and maybe we can get some Swimming Golds in the future. OSPREYSAINT
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5:36am Sun 15 Jul 12

upyoursfolks says...

freefinker wrote:
.. oh, so utterly, utterly boring.

ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ.
And so are you, you plank.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. oh, so utterly, utterly boring. ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ, ZZZZ.[/p][/quote]And so are you, you plank. upyoursfolks
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5:50am Sun 15 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Sovietobserver wrote:
People of Southampton, show some class and ignore this ridiculous relay. Don't disgrace yourselves on TV by standing wide-eyed and drool chinned by the roadside mindlessly applauding a nazi rite that should have been extinguished after the 1936 Berlin games, show your contempt for the sports luvvies who have wasted £11 billion of public money on the London Egg and Spoon races. They may be able to edit out protests with their two minute delay of the coverage, but they can't edit out our mass indifference.
Your singular indifference is neither welcomed or noticed, jog on. In this distinctly negative period of our existence there is nothing wrong in giving people an excuse to get out and away from their TV's, Computers e.t.c for once to see something real and unique. If you don't like it just ignor it, it is none of your business. The boring references to the Nazi beginnings are not relevant in the 21st Century, the War finished in 1945, get over it.
[quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: People of Southampton, show some class and ignore this ridiculous relay. Don't disgrace yourselves on TV by standing wide-eyed and drool chinned by the roadside mindlessly applauding a nazi rite that should have been extinguished after the 1936 Berlin games, show your contempt for the sports luvvies who have wasted £11 billion of public money on the London Egg and Spoon races. They may be able to edit out protests with their two minute delay of the coverage, but they can't edit out our mass indifference.[/p][/quote]Your singular indifference is neither welcomed or noticed, jog on. In this distinctly negative period of our existence there is nothing wrong in giving people an excuse to get out and away from their TV's, Computers e.t.c for once to see something real and unique. If you don't like it just ignor it, it is none of your business. The boring references to the Nazi beginnings are not relevant in the 21st Century, the War finished in 1945, get over it. OSPREYSAINT
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