The Torch Comes to Basingstoke
History has been made in Basingstoke as the Olympic Torch passed through the town on its way to London 2012. The convoy arrived just before half past twelve and was carried by Torchbearers from Festival Way (outside Festival Square), up New Road to the Top of Town, through London Street, Market Place and Winchester Street and down Winchester Road as far as Brighton Hill retail park. Thousands of people lined the route some of which was the same as when the Olympic Torch last passed through the town on the way to the London 1948 games.
HRB's Melisa Montagnon described what was happening and spoke to some of the crowd for a special programme that was broadcast later in the day.