Olympic torch: Portsmouth's John Jenkins carries flame
- 16 July 2012
- From the section UK
A 92-year-old lifelong supporter of Portsmouth Football Club has carried the flame around his team's stadium on day 59 of the Olympic torch relay.
John Jenkins kicked off events at Fratton Park, having dedicated more than 50 years to his club Pompey.
Travelling 95 miles from Portsmouth to Brighton the flame will stop at Cass sculpture park in Goodwood, Petworth House in Sussex and Arundel Castle.
Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell was also a torchbearer.
Now using her married name Sally Biggs, she carried the flame in the seaside resort of Bognor Regis.
She stormed to victory in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and became the only woman, and is still to date, to concurrently hold all four major championship medals - Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European.
Since retiring from athletics she has used her experience to inspire upcoming athletes.
The flame was also carried in the grounds of the Cass Sculpture Park in Goodwood, West Sussex, by Sports Aid Foundation founder Paul Zetter.
The foundation has helped athletes such as London 2012 chairman and Olympian Sebastian Coe, as well as Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Ben Ainslie.
He was joined by Thomas Heatherwick , who is designing the cauldron which will hold the flame at the Olympic Stadium and Wilfred Cass who co-founded the charity which opened the park.
The flame travelled to the communities of Portsmouth, Petersfield, Rogate, Midhurst, Easebourne, Tillington, Petworth and Duncton.
It then went to Chichester, North Bersted, South Bertsted, Bognor Regis, Woodgate, Westergate, Arundel and Worthing.
It then went to Lancing and West Blatchington on the way to Brighton and Hove.
The first torchbearer John Jenkins, was nominated for his unswerving commitment to his club.
After retiring he began volunteering at the ground, where he is a steward.
Shortly after Mr Jenkins' lap of the Fratton Park pitch, one of the club's former players, Linvoy Primus, carried the Olympic flame in Portsmouth.
"I was looking forward to it but it was far beyond what I could ever have imagined," said Primus, who made 198 appearances in eight years for Pompey.
"It is a privilege to say I have done it and that I've got an Olympic torch at home. I might light the barbecue with it!"
At Petworth House - a vast late 17th-Century mansion set in a 700-acre deer park - Sara Tremlett, 63, carried the flame to the house and through the grounds.
The National Trust property was landscaped by Capability Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.
She was nominated for her work as District Commissioner of the Lord Leconfield Pony Club.
Later Jason Saw, 42, from Brighton carried the flame into the grounds of Arundel Castle, also in West Sussex.
He was nominated for leading a project called Mindout which tackles mental illness in the Brighton Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community.
In Brighton, British Winter Olympic gold medallist and ITV1 Dancing on Ice judge Robin Cousins carried the flame in his home town.
Cousins won the men's figure skating title at the 1980 Games in Lake Placid.
As a Team GB 2012 Ambassador he now works closely with the synchronised swimming team.
Talking about taking his "moment to shine" he told the BBC: "I don't care what the weather is going to be like.
"The weather will be smiley and happy just because of the support the torch has had throughout the country."
The last torchbearer of the day, nursing sister Karen West, carried the flame on to the evening celebration stage at Sussex County Cricket Club in Brighton and Hove.
Music duo Rizzle Kicks and street dance troupe Twist and Pulse provided the entertainment alongside local groups The Carousel Choir and The Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band.
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.