Weymouth and Portland Olympic legacy events planned

  • 2 January 2013
  • From the section Dorset
Torchbearers walk into Weymouth Bay
Image caption Plans include the recreation of Olympic "torch wading" from Weymouth beach

Events carried out during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth and Portland could be repeated in the summer of 2013.

Ten "potential legacy actions" are to be considered by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

These include hosting a festival with a beach sports arena and making a section of the seafront for pedestrians only.

Weymouth and Portland hosted sailing and windsurfing events during the Games.

The plans would see the area from the King George III statue to East Street pedestrianised from mid-July to the end of August.

Flaming torches

The Summer to Remember Festival would also include music concerts and a recreation of Olympic "torch wading", the council said.

More than 2,000 people waded into the sea from Weymouth beach holding flaming torches in July last year to mark the start of the Games.

Mike Goodman, of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "Achieving long-term legacy benefits from being a host venue for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events has always been a top priority for the local councils."

He said increasing participation in sport and the arts, as well as attracting businesses and people to Weymouth and Portland, would provide an economic "boost".

"We must focus on a number of priorities that have a realistic chance of being delivered and which deliver the biggest legacy benefits for local people and businesses," Mr Goodman said.

Councillors will discuss the ideas at a meeting on 8 January.

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