The tenth anniversary of the Olympics in Weymouth and Portland has been marked with the unveiling of a new sculpture.

In 2012 sailing events for the London Olympic and Paralympic games were held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where Sir Ben Ainslie and Helena Lucas won gold for Team GB.

To mark ten years since the area took centre stage for the events, a commemorative sculpture was revealed yesterday by the Mayor of Weymouth Cllr Ann Weaving.

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Dorset Echo: The unveiling of the sculpture was attended by several councillors and figures who played roles in the Olympics in 2012 such as ambassadors and games makers. Picture: Cristiano Magaglio

The sculpture by local Brendon Murless was commissioned by Weymouth Town Council and Dorchester-based Arts Development Company, although Mr Murless was not able to attend the unveiling.

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The unique design features a boat styled after Sir Ben's in which he won gold for Team GB at the Games and features numbers and symbols inspired by the momentous occasion.

Dorset Echo: The Sculpture features six waves made of Portland stone to represent the six continents that participated, and 380 on the front, for the number of participants. Picture: Cristiano Magaglio

Mayor Ann Weaving said: "This area in Nothe Garden was packed solid ten years ago, you couldn't see an inch of grass as people watched Sir Ben and Helena Lucas sail to victory. We are very proud of having the Olympics here.

"I think the sculpture is amazing, I love it, particularly the view through it out to sea. I would love for everyone to come and see it."

Dorset Echo: Mayor Ann Weaving cut the ribbon to officially unveil the sculpture. Picture: Cristiano Magaglio

Cllr Sandy West from Portland was an Ambassador and Games Maker for the Games.

She said: "To have the Games here in such a small place as Weymouth and Portland just goes to show just how good the sailing waters here are, I think some of the best in the world.

"The sculpture is absolutely beautiful, overlooking Weymouth bay and Portland, it just brings back such happy memories, it was just the most fantastic time."

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Dorset Echo: A crowd standing to watch the unveiling. Picture: Cristiano Magaglio

Ambassadors and torch bearers from London 2012 still living in and around Weymouth were encouraged to attend the event.

Torchbearer Peter Fry said: "The sculpture is fantastic, it is such a pity the designer couldn't make it, but he has done a great piece of work.

"It is very apt and I hope people will appreciate it. The Olympics were a very important event, and are now an important part of our heritage."

Dorset Echo: Peter Fry with the torch he ran from Chickerell to Wyke through the rain carrying the Olympic fire. Picture: Cristiano Magaglio

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Jo Hunns from Dorchester came down to the celebration with her children William and Violet. She said: "The Olympics were amazing, I came down with my family to watch it here at Nothe Gardens, and we were so excited when Ben Ainslie won.

"The Olympics were such a big event for Great Britain and for Weymouth, it was amazing and we remember it fondly, so it is lovely to celebrate it."

Dorset Echo: Joe Hunn with her son William. Joe came down to watch the Olympics in Weymouth with her family ten years ago. Picture: Cristiano Magaglio