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Looking back – ten years after the Olympic torch relay

TODAY it’s ten years since London welcomed the world for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Over the course of three weeks, millions sat in front of their TVs or made their way to the Olympic Park in Stratford to watch Team GB win gold after gold.

Around ten days before the official opening ceremony, the Olympic torch made a three-day trek through Sussex, from the village of Rogate in the west to Rye before continuing on to Kent and London.

The Argus: Children cheered and waved flags as the Olympic torch approached in Lancing: credit - Liz FinlaysonChildren cheered and waved flags as the Olympic torch approached in Lancing: Recognition – Liz Finlayson

Thousands lined the streets in Lewes, Worthing, Eastbourne and Brighton as torch bearers passed through, carrying the Olympic flame in their golden torch.

Spectators cheered and waved Union flags to celebrate this unique occasion.

One person who attended the relay in Crowborough said they had “never seen the streets so crowded” and another in East Grinstead said it felt like the whole town had come to watch.

The Argus: Torch bearer Karen West with Olympian Sally Gunnell after lighting a cauldron at Sussex Cricket Ground in Hove: credit - Simon DackTorch bearer Karen West with Olympian Sally Gunnell after lighting a cauldron at Sussex Cricket Ground, Hove: Credit – Simon Dack

Huge crowds also packed Sussex Cricket Ground in Hove as a special cauldron was lit to mark the Olympic torch that passed through the town.

The torch passed several important landmarks on its way, passing the Royal Pavilion, St Peter’s Church and Rye Castle.

At Bexhill, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was one of those lucky enough to carry the Olympic torch along part of the route, while Brighton hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks carried the torch through Eastbourne.

The Argus: Zachary Narvacz with the Olympic torch outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton: credit - Simon DackZachary Narvacz with the Olympic torch outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton: credit – Simon Dack

At the games themselves, Team GB finished third in the medal table with their best performance since 1908.

Among the medal winners was Sussex-born rider Kristina Cook, who won silver in team eventing.

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