Olympic Torch in Hampshire

After a busy weekend Hampshire, the Olympic Torch will leave the county today. Starting in Portsmouth, the Flame will tour through Petersfield before heading into West Sussex.

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Pompey Pride in hosting Olympic Torch

A 92-year-old club steward has spoken of his pride in carrying the Olympic Torch in Portsmouth today. John Jenkins started the Torch Relay at Fratton Park, the home of Portsmouth Football Club. Mr Jenkins, who has followed or worked for the club since 1928, said it was a proud moment for him today.

He also hoped the Torch could help the beleaguered club's image after a turbulent time in recent years. The club was relegated from the Championship last season and is still in administration.

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Bolt from the Blue: PC's Usain pose with Torch

PC Hawkswell meets the Olympic Torch and former Pompey footballer Linvoy Primus on Fratton Road, Portsmouth Credit: Fratton Police

A police officer took inspiration from Jamaican 100m runner Usain Bolt when he got his hands on the Olympic Torch. PC Hawkswell imitated the sprinter's celebration pose when he met former Portsmouth footballer Linvoy Primus after he carried the Torch through Portsmouth.

Normandy veteran and club servant kicks off Relay

John Jenkins holds the Olympic Flame as the day begins at Portsmouth FC's Fratton Park Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A Normandy veteran and club servant started the Torch Relay today at Portsmouth FC's Fratton Park stadium. John Jenkins, 92, went to his first Pompey match in 1928. The longest break in his support for the club was during the Second World War where he was involved in the Normandy landings.

John was a part time soldier in the Royal Hampshire Regiment for 22 years and has dedicated over 50 years to working for the club in one form or another. On his retirement in 1984, John began volunteering at the ground as a much loved club steward, looking after guests for the last 18 years.

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