MP NICK Gibb was among the soaked crowd who watched the Olympic torch being carried past Hotham Park on Monday (July 16).
He said: “It was a fantastic event, despite the weather. Hundreds of us braved the never-ending rain, waiting for the fleeting moment of the torch to pass and change hands.
“There are a few moments in life when you have the chance to see one of those historic events that you will never see again in your lifetime. This was one of those events.
“Around the country thousands of people have braved our appalling weather to witness the Olympic Torch on its journey - as we have in Bognor Regis - and we do so with pride and a sense of unity as a nation.
In a world obsessed by celebrity, the Olympics are about achievement, endeavour and individual success where people are striving to be the best in the world.
“That’s what today’s event in Bersted, in Hotham Park and in the town centre was all about. It was wonderful to see it and to be part of it.”