Crowds greet Olympic Torch in Bognor Regis

NOT even the rain could dampen the spirits as thousands of people from across the Bognor Regis area braved the elements to see the Olympic Torch Relay today (Monday, July 16).

Spectators flooded into the town, with plenty of flags and even the odd homemade torch on show.

The first glimpse of the global symbol of the greatest sporting event on earth could be seen in Loates Lane North Bersted about 1.47pm.

The torch was carried along the A259 Chichester Road and into Longford Road and Canada Grove.

It arrived in the Queensway at 2.18pm to a reception of hundreds with people standing three deep in some places.

It moved on to the High Street to another raucous reception as the crowd cheered, clapped and waved their arms.

The torch past Hotham Park and on to the A259 Upper Bognor Road and continued past Hotham Park to the ‘squareabout’ outside the war memorial hospital.

It continued along the A29 Shripney Road to Frensham Avenue.

The torch was then put into a vehicle until it arrived at the Woodgate Road junction of the A29, just south of the level crossing arriving about 2.57pm.

With people lining the streets the route followed the A29 for some 20 minutes to Barnett Close in Westergate.

Despite the continuing heavy downpours spectators continued to cheer as the torch neared the end of the stretch. A large crowd which had gathered outside Westergate community School made sure it had a huge send off before it made its way to Arundel.

Full report and pictures in this week’s Bognor Regis Observer out on Thursday, July 19.