OLYMPIC TORCH: Rizzle Kicks join torchbearers in Eastbourne

OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY (RS) MRW 15/7/2012''The Evening Celebrations at The Olympic Torch Relay as it came to Southsea Common early on Sunday evening 'There were stage acts as well as Rizzle Kicks a pop duo,  as 65000 people enjoyed the free spectacle ''Rizzle Kicks pop duo -''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122387-5852)
OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY (RS) MRW 15/7/2012''The Evening Celebrations at The Olympic Torch Relay as it came to Southsea Common early on Sunday evening 'There were stage acts as well as Rizzle Kicks a pop duo, as 65000 people enjoyed the free spectacle ''Rizzle Kicks pop duo -''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122387-5852)

HIP HOP duo Rizzle Kicks will be the star turn when the Olympic Torch comes to Eastbourne today (Tuesday).

Jordan ‘Rizzle’ Stephens and Harley ‘Sylvester’ Alexander-Sule will join 17 other torchbearers this afternoon with tens of thousands expected on the streets to see the iconic flame pass through the town.

Best known for the single, Mama Do the Hump, which peaked at number two in the charts, the pair have been performing at a host of torch celebration events and will be on stage this evening in nearby Hastings.

Oona Muirhead, one of organiser’s LOCOG’s key players in the south, said the reaction the relay had received so far had been amazing and she hoped Eastbourne would give it an equally enthusiastic welcome.

She said, “It has been a huge logistical operation to get everything in place but the reaction from people has been incredible. The support has been just stupendous.”

She said the reason why only one person from Eastbourne was carrying the torch locally may have been down to sponsors who were responsible for choosing some of the carriers and said it was a shame teenager Max Harffey was facing a 90-mile round trip to Easebourne after his form was misread.

“Unfortunately, these things happen, but I am sure he will get plenty of support and have a lot of new friends by the time he has finished.

“It should be a great day for the town and hopefully inspire young people and the community as a whole.”

Wewill be following the torch throughout the day both online at www.eastbourneherald.co.uk and on Twitter on the hashtag #EastbourneTorch and @Eastbournenews.

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