IT WAS an historic moment for Chichester as thousands braved the rain to see the Olympic Torch Relay today (Monday, July 16).
Spectators flooded the city, with plenty of bunting, flags and homemade signs on show, cheering on the torchbearers every step of the way.
The mother flame arrived at Lavant Road, just north of the city, at 11.45am before the first torchbearer George Middleton kicked off Chichester’s part in this famous event.
And it was a very special moment for Chichester hero Anthony Stewart, who was cheered on by the crowds at Oaklands Park when it was his turn to carry the flame.
“I don’t think there are any words really to describe how I am feeling,” said Mr Stewart, shortly after completing his part in the relay.
“Running down the hill towards Chichester was just incredible. Seeing the cathedral in the background and knowing that just for a few moments I was the only one carrying this flame was amazing.”
A total of 15 torchbearers took part in the Chichester relay. The route was split into two parts, with the first ending at Chichester Festival Theatre.
The second part of the route started just before 1pm, heading down North Street, along East Street and finishing up at the Sainsbury’s store in Westhampnett.
Check the Observer’s website soon to see video footage of the relay.