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Olympic torch comes to Dorset

Olympic 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. Finally the torch will sail from the Academy into Weymouth Harbour where there will be a huge evening celebration.

Sadly, a spectacular parade to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay in Weymouth today has been cancelled.

The Moving Tides carnival was due to be held in the town this afternoon.

It was to feature hundreds of children in costumes inspired by the 2012 Olympic sailing events.

But organisers have decided to cancel the event because of the heavy rain that's forecast for this afternoon.

The torch will travel from Salisbury to Weymouth Credit: LOCOG

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.

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