Posted 16 July 2012 by Andrew Gardner
The Olympics are less than two weeks away now and at last the exciting Olympic torch relay is here in Sussex - getting closer and closer to the end of its journey. It crossed the border into our lovely county this morning Monday, 16 July at Rogate in West Sussex, then travels to Chichester, Bognor Regis and Arundel before finishing the day with a massive party on the seafront at Brighton. The party is free to attend and there'll be music, dance and cultural performances - the sort of thing Brighton does so well.
If you want to keep following the torch's progress you'll need to get up early, as it leaves Pavilion Gardens at 7.20 tomorrow morning for its journey towards East Sussex through East Grinstead, Lewes, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings - where another evening celebration is on the cards, at the Stade Open Space. Then, early on the Wednesday morning, the torch will be borne off to historic Battle Abbey and on to the funicular railway in Hastings old town, before disappearing into over the Kent border (feel free to check out our sister website for holiday cottages with a bird's eye view of that leg of the relay).
This is no low-key affair: quite apart from all the people lining its route, the torch is accompanied by something like 35 runners, who are each putting in up to 30 miles a day, along with support motorcyclists and cyclists to protect it. One of the torch-bearers on the East Sussex leg will be daredevil motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd, from Peacehaven, whose career came to an abrupt end when he suffered brain injuries in a crash back in 1996. The torch-bearers aren't all celebrities but what they have in common is that they've been nominated by people who think they truly deserve the honour, so come along and cheer them on wherever you are in Sussex - and if you haven't already booked your cottage, try our late availability now page now in time for the start of the Olympics!