Seaford: Town misses out on Olympic torch

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NEWS of the Olympic Torch coming to the Lewes district has been met with mixed reactions after one resident said Seaford would miss out.

Lewes and Eastbourne are among eight towns and villages in East Sussex that will host the Olympic Flame ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

Residents across the county are celebrating having the opportunity to see the iconic symbols of the Games in the run up to the big event in London.

But Seaford is not one of them and resident Peter White said, “Not only is the torch going to Lewes - now there’s a surprise - and not Seaford, but on the official route map Newhaven, East Dean, Tarring Neville and Friston are marked as named towns, but Seaford is not even on the map.

“Sorry, the town is labelled, it’s called A259. Is there something someone should be telling us?”

Elsewhere though the news has been welcomed by the district council’s leader Councillor Tony Nicholson, who said, “This is really welcome news that Lewes will be involved in the Olympic celebrations.

“I am also pleased so many people will get the opportunity to see the Olympic flame and witness the Torch Relay as it passes through the county.”

The locations were announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

County Council leader councillor Peter Jones added, “I am delighted so many towns and villages in East Sussex will play such a central role in the Olympic celebrations.

“It will give all a chance to see the Olympic flame and witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay as it passes through our unique county.

“This gives the whole community a chance to share in the Olympic spirit and mark the countdown to the start of the Games. It will also give us an opportunity to support members of the community who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame.”

The relay route will come to Sussex from July 17 next year stopping at towns including Eastbourne, Pevensey and Bexhill.

A press officer for LOCOG said, “Unfortunately we really can’t go through every town and village. We have worked hard in devising the route with nations and regions group and local authorities to identify the route and help us build a route that will reach as great a population as possible.

“It will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population and it’s important we get the balance with coastal, rural and urban areas. We’re keen to encourage people to come out and show their support. People running with the Olympic Torch will be people from the surrounding communities.”