ORGANISERS of the Battle for the Winds are celebrating after 2,012 people have signed up to be Fire Torch Waders for the show’s grand finale.

Groups of 100 volunteers at a time will wade into the sea on Saturday, July 28, carrying flaming torches as part of the spectacular outdoor performance to launch the Olympic and Paralympic sailing and windsurfing events.

The three-day event, held on Weymouth Beach and Portland’s High Angle Battery, is part of the Maritime Mix Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

It will involve thousands of performers from across the South West, who will tell the story of a heroic quest to free the winds for the Games.

Events are taking place across the region ahead of the three-day finale, which starts on Thursday, July 26.

It will culminate with a performance on Weymouth Beach on the Saturday evening, featuring the Fire Torch Waders.

Event co-artistic director Jon Beedell said: “It’s nice because the 2,012 represent a good cross-section of the Weymouth and Portland community.

“It’s going to be fantastic and we’ve got really big news coming up.”

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