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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
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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Olympic torch relay kicks off in Cornwall

The Olympic Flame has arrived in Cornwall after it was handed over at a ceremony in Athens. Representing peace, unity and friendship, the flame will be carried by 8,000 inspirational torch bearers. Cornwall is hosting Day One one of this memorable event.

The first torchbearer for the relay will be three-times Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie. Ben's starting the 70-day Relay at the Land’s End Landmark signpost at 7.08am. He grew up in Cornwall and won Gold medals in Sailing at the Beijing, Athens and Sydney Olympic Games.

At the Eden Project, St Austell at around 4:30pm, TV presenter Ben Fogle as a Torchbearer will fly the Olympic flame in a helium-filled balloon.

Ben Ainslie describes Olympic Torch relay as 'great honour'

Cornwall's Ben Ainslie has been announced as the first torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay. He will start the Torch Relay from Land’s End on 19 May on its journey through the UK.

Speaking to The West Country Tonight Ben told said it was a great honour and said it would ba a fantastic moment for the whole country and for Cornwall:

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