Today is day 55 of 70 for the London 2012 Olympic torch relay and will see the torch travel from Salisbury at 7:54am to Weymouth at 7:16pm, passing through Wilton, Barford St Martin, Fovant, Ludwell, Shaftesbury, Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Minster, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Winterborne Whitechurch, Milborne St Andrew, Puddletown, Dorchester, Winterbourne Abbas, Bridport, Chideock, Lyme Regis, Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury, Portesham, Chickerell, Wyke Regis and Osprey Quay, Portland along the way.
A very late start will see the relay torch set off from Salisbury around 7.49 this morning heading mostly westbound with possibly the most stops of any Olympic torch relay date so far. Many of the locations are small towns and villages such as Fontmell Magna, Winterbourne Abbas and Lyme Regis.
One of the highlights will be when the torch visits at Stonehenge with ancient history and history in the making joining. Who knows, maybe Stonehenge was used for gymnastics and running events several thousand years ago?
Another highlight will be when some poor sole has to take the torch up (or possibly down) Gold Hill in Shaftsbury, made famous by the boy on the bike in the Hovis adverts. We’re assured the hill is as good today as it’s always been and it really is as steep as in those adverts!
And for those who have no idea what we’re talking about, here is it – enjoy: