The Olympic Torch Relay passed through the city on Sunday and Monday as we’re in no doubt you will be aware of with the heavy coverage in The News, etc. The process of the relay is now a well oiled machine with well over 50 days of the music blaring corporate buses winding their way around the country leading the tightly wrapped security circle around the lucky runner holding the flame aloft. Despite that side of things, the runners taking part in the relay are what make it special and families and friends came out from across Portsmouth to both enjoy the spectacle and also to feel apart of something bigger.
The city was lucky enough to be home over night to the flame and as such the city could celebrate this with two events, the sunny music and dance evening on Southsea Common and the wet and windy schools event at Fratton Park early Monday morning. Local photographer Matthew Cleveland was at both of these events and managed to capture the event and the people, as the small selection of photos below illustrates. You can see all of Matthew’s Olympic photos at: