Olympic Torch Comes to Dorset

The torch will spend two days travelling around Dorset Photo: PA

The Olympic flame will return to the Westcountry on Thursday 12th July as it travels South from Wiltshire across the county of Dorset.

Highlights include the torch passing up the famous Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, arriving at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy which will host the Olympic sailing events in just over two weeks time, and finally the torch will sail from the Academy into Weymouth Harbour where there will be a huge evening celebration. In addition to live music there will also be 700 school children from Dorset taking part in The Moving Tides Procession on the seafront.

Here is Robert Murphy's preview piece of the Torch's visit

During the day the Olympic torch will travel through Shaftesbury, Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Minster, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Winterborne Whitechurch, Milborne St Andrew, Puddletown, Dorchester, Winterbourne Abbas, Bridport, Chideock, Lyme Regis, Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury, Portesham, Chickerell, Wyke Regis, Osprey Quay, Portland and finally Weymouth where there will be an evening celebration. Full details of the route and timings can be found here.