Olympic Torch - Friday 13 July 2012

 Live BBC Footage

 Please click here to view the BBC live torch relay coverage of Day 56 (July 13) - you can fast forward if you wish to approximately 3 pm to view the footage of the torch relay through Lytchett Minster and Upton. 

Purbeck praised for Olympic Flame success

Purbeck residents and volunteers have been praised for making the Olympic Flame’s journey through the district such a success.

On Friday 13 July, over 40,000 people watched the Flame as it was carried through towns and villages in Purbeck, exceeding all expectations and providing a rapturous welcome.

The Flame started its journey in Winfrith where it was met by crowds of people, before it continued its visit to Purbeck, stopping at Durdle Door for a photocall.

3,000 people cheered the Flame as it passed through Wool and took photos that they will cherish forever.

Next stop was Corfe Castle where over 3,000 people lined the streets to make an atmosphere never to be forgotten.

A quick pop back in the van and the Flame was on its way to Swanage.  10,000 people came out to greet the Torchbearers, making a real carnival atmosphere.

After a spot of lunch, it was on to Stoborough for another warm welcome with over a thousand locals and school children lining the village streets.

Another amazing welcome was waiting in Wareham, with 8,000 people enjoying the atmosphere and cheering as the Torchbearers came through.

Next stop was Sandford, where 2,000 people gathered to share the moment.

Just under 5,000 thrilled locals were waiting in Lytchett Minster.  In Upton, the final part of the Purbeck journey, 7,800 people cheered, waved and provided an end to a day that will live in people’s memories for ever.

Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to show the world how special Purbeck is and I am immensely proud of the welcome the Torchbearers received from the thousands who came out to watch.

“I would also like to thank residents, the volunteers, council staff, our partners in the emergency services and town and parish councils for making it such a success”.

With the help of town and parish councils, Purbeck District Council recruited 300 volunteer ambassadors to help on the day.  They were specially trained by the District Council and ensured the event ran smoothly.