London 2012: Brighton Olympic torch party moved from seafront

Olympic Torch
Image caption The Olympic flame will pass through Brighton and Hove on its journey to London on 16 July

A celebration in Brighton to mark the arrival of the Olympic torch has been moved from the seafront to the Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove.

The Olympic flame will pass through the city on its journey to London on 16 July - day 59 of the torch relay.

The city council said the plan to hold a celebration on Hove Lawns was changed to ensure the welfare of everyone attending such a large scale event.

It followed consultations with Sussex Police and Sussex Fire and Rescue.

The authority said it had worked closely with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) to alter the route to reach the new venue, which would mean a minor diversion in terms of distance to finish at the cricket ground instead of the seafront.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the free evening event, with information on how to apply for tickets available from mid-May.

The show will include live music, dance and cultural performances.

The Olympic flame will be carried on to the stage to light a cauldron as the finale of the evening.

There will also be events at Hove Park, which is on the route of the torch relay, throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

The torch will enter West Sussex in Rogate at 09:08 BST on 16 July, travelling to Brighton and Hove via Chichester, Bognor and Arundel.

The flame will leave the city from the Pavilion Gardens at 07:20 BST on 17 July and head to Hastings via Crawley, Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Lewes, Eastbourne, and Bexhill.

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