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Olympic journey sets off early on its journey through Dorset

The Olympic Torch will continue its journey through the region this morning. Following last night's celebrations in Weymouth it'll leave Portland Bill just after 7am heading across Dorset, arriving in Bournemouth this evening.

The Olympic torch continues its journey through Dorset today Credit: ITV Westcountry

Local children from the Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts and Combined Cadet Forces will be among those lining the route to cheer on the first torchbearer of the day.

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Military sweep Weymouth beach ahead of Olympic celebrations

Members of the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS) check Weymouth beach ahead of Olympic torch celebrations. The torch arrived in the county earlier today. Although a parade to welcome it to the town this afternoon was cancelled, an evening of celebration is still expected to go ahead.

Final checks are made ahead of tonight's Olympic torch celebrations Credit: Dorset Media
Celebrations still expected in Weymouth this evening despite the weather Credit: Dorset Media

Military sweep Weymouth beach ahead of Olympic celebrations

Members of the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS) check Weymouth beach ahead of Olympic torch celebrations. The torch arrived in the county earlier today. Although a parade to welcome it to the town this afternoon was cancelled, an evening of celebration is still expected to go ahead.

Final checks are made ahead of tonight's Olympic torch celebrations Credit: Dorset Media
An evening of celebration is still expected to take place despite the weather Credit: Dorset Media

Weymouth torch welcome cancelled due to rain

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 (Thursday).

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.

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