London 2012: Torch event money for Dorset communities

Eleven towns and villages in west Dorset have been awarded a total of £5,000 to hold celebration events and activities to greet the Olympic flame.

It will be carried through the area by torchbearers on 12 and 13 July before the Games begin in London on 27 July.

The maximum grant being given to a parish council is £400 and the maximum for a town council is £550.

West Dorset District Council allocated the money from its leisure development fund.

Councillor Robert Gould, leader of the council, said: "It's great to see so many local people planning events for their communities so that they can celebrate this unique and historic occasion together.

"We are pleased to support these events and would encourage people to get involved with the celebrations, line the streets and show their support for the torchbearers carrying the Olympic flame through their communities."

Events which have been given funding include a sporting and entertainment event in Burton Bradstock, a village hall tea party in Chideock and a seafront parade of local sports people in Lyme Regis.

The Olympic sailing events will be held in nearby Weymouth and Portland in Dorset.

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