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1948 torch to go on display
12:20pm Thursday 12th July 2012 in Weymouth and Portland Sailing Olympics and Paralympics 2012 News By Laura Kitching
A 91-YEAR-OLD retired police constable will be playing a special role when the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay arrives in the county town.
He will be at the bank, which is a Presenting Partner of the 2012 torch relay, from 12pm with town Mayor Andy Canning.
In 1948 Mr Barrett carried the Olympic flame on a two-mile leg through Shaftesbury, along with his fellow Dorset Constable Athletic Club member – the late Sergeant Kenneth Pearce.
His replica Olympic Torch from 64 years ago is on display in the branch this week until Thursday and all are welcome to have a look.
The London 2012 Olympic flame is due to reach Grey’s Bridge, Dorchester at 1.46pm on Thursday, welcomed by a peal of bells from St George’s Church.
Bell ringers will also be on hand at St Peter’s Church, as the torch is carried along High East Street.
Dorchester’s Lloyds TSB branch, will be closed for 45 minutes while the torch passes along High West Street, with staff handing out balloons and banners for people to wave.
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