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Sunday, April 15, 2012

London 2012: Memories of the 1948 Olympic torch relay

 MUSICIAN who has made a career out of fine-tuning rubbish is playing a key role in Weymouth and Portland’s Olympic Torch Relay evening celebrations.

But James Kimber is appealing for help from the public and local businesses to help a mass drumming event go with a bang.

He needs ‘a few hundred’ plastic barrels and containers, such as empty catering-sized mayonnaise tubs, to be used as makeshift drums by schoolchildren during the Moving Tides children’s procession.

Six hundred youngsters will be heralding the start of Weymouth’s official London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay evening celebrations on Thursday, July 12 – one of just 66 places across the county chosen to host events during the 70-day relay.

Mr Lowden said: "I felt very proud to be the holder of this thing."

The torch was about 2ft (60cm) high with a crown at the top. It was engraved with the runner's name and the name of his running club.

"I don't remember it being heavy at all," he said.

"There were lots of people cheering me on, girls blew kisses at me.

"The streets were lined with people. You don't really pay much attention, but you know they are there.

Mr Lowdon says he was very proud to carry the Olympic torch in 1948
"You have to think about the thing in mind, that you're running a race."

His advice for those taking part in the 2012 Olympic torch relay is to go at a "good running pace" and hold the torch at shoulder height.

"Just appear proud of carrying it," he said.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch is made from an aluminium alloy, and features 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 people who will carry it around the UK.

The 70-day relay begins at Land's End, Cornwall, on 19 May and concludes during the Olympic opening ceremony in London on 27 July.

London 2012 organisers Locog say the torch will cover about 8,000 miles and come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.

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