2012 Torch Relay: Olympic boost for Portland

Dorset Echo: LIGHTING UP:  Ashley Samways of Sea-NC Engineering LIGHTING UP: Ashley Samways of Sea-NC Engineering

A PROUD Portland engineering company has been commissioned to produce 26 torches for the School to School Torch Relay.

Each school will get to keep one torch while the other will be used for the duration of the relay.

Calvin Samways, of Sea-NC Engineering on Southwell Business Park, said: “It’s a lot of hard work, from designing, to programming and machining but we wanted to do it. We are really proud to have been the company chosen to design the schools relay torch and we are also making 25 individual torches for each of the schools to keep.

“It is looking absolutely amazing at the moment. It is a different material to the London 2012 torch and we have tried to make it as outstanding as possible.

“We have put a diamond form on the handle with 25 holes in to represent each school like on the London torch there are 8,000 holes.

“They will all be gold plated and when they are finished will be a fantastic part of the legacy.”

The relay will kick off at the Nothe Fort on Monday, July 2, and end a week later on July 9.

Excitement is building as staff and children from each of the 25 schools in the Chesil Education Partnership will embrace the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

A total of 26 torches have been made – one for each school and the main torch used for the duration of the relay.

A flag and book of friendship will also be collected en route to present at the Sailing Academy along with the torch at the closing ceremony.

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2:20pm Fri 22 Jun 12

malkie says...

I suspect that these torches will be cheaper than the £400 quoted for the official ones, even with a production run of 26 compared with 8000+ for the originals. How many firms would have loved that contract ?
I suspect that these torches will be cheaper than the £400 quoted for the official ones, even with a production run of 26 compared with 8000+ for the originals. How many firms would have loved that contract ? malkie

8:20pm Fri 22 Jun 12

ksmain says...

Obviously it is 'slack news day' owing to the 84 articles on here about the Olympic Torch. Couldnt the Echo put them into one long boring article?

Honestly - who cares?
Obviously it is 'slack news day' owing to the 84 articles on here about the Olympic Torch. Couldnt the Echo put them into one long boring article? Honestly - who cares? ksmain

5:38pm Sat 23 Jun 12

I'mavoter says...

They'll be on eBay soon if you want one.
They'll be on eBay soon if you want one. I'mavoter

1:52pm Mon 25 Jun 12

portland rebel says...

hardly a boost to the island.
hardly a boost to the island. portland rebel

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