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The London 2012 Olympic flag is raised

The London 2012 Olympic flag is raised

Olympic handover events

As Beijing passes the Olympic flag over to London ahead of 2012, events around the county mark the moment, including a giant beach party in Weymouth.

Weymouth beach

As the base for the Olympic sailing events of 2012, Weymouth and Portland was one of Britain's main centres for the celebrations, with special day-long festivities.

Visitors watched the closing ceremony live from Beijing, plus the handover concert in London, on the big screen on Weymouth beach.

As the Olympic flag was presented to London Mayor Boris Johnson in Beijing's Bird Nest stadium, at the same time in Weymouth, a flag was raised to huge cheers.

Watch and listen to reports from BBC South Today and BBC Radio Solent.


At the Mound in West Bay - the nearest harbour to Portland -  West Dorset District Councillor Ronald Coatsworth raised an official 2012 flag at 5pm, part of a programme of events organised by the Bridport 2012 group and the local RNLI.

Olympic flag handover at Christchurch

Olympic flag handover at Christchurch


Christchurch celebrated the handing over of the Olympic Flag when the Mayor Councillor David Flagg raised the flag at Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Stony Lane South with 2012 sailing hopeful Max Holloway. There's a photo of this - along with many others from around the county - in our Olympic Handover photo gallery.


In Dorchester, Town Crier Alistair Chisholm marked the handover with a cry in the town centre, and Dorset County Council's Chief Executive David Jenkins and Chairman John Peake proudly raised the flag on the steps of County Hall in Dorchester.

London 2012 logo

London 2012 logo


Chinese dragon dancers 'Dragon of the South' handed the flag to Mayor of Poole, Councillor Joyce Lavender.

Sandbanks itself may be a training ground for beach volleyball players in the run up to  2012 and the flag was raised by Matthew Ware, 17, and Luke Gray, 16, who have both been identified as Olympic hopefuls.

Parkstone based Matthew is currently sixth in the junior boys table tennis rankings, and Luke is a cyclo cross champion currently ranked second in the country.

Send us your photos

We have an online gallery from the events around Dorset, which is growing as more photos arrive. If you were at a Dorset Olympic handover event, please send us your own snaps to add to it. Email your photos to

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