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An original 1948 Olympic Torch that the late Dartford athlete Alf Bennett carried almost 60 years ago was paraded through Gravesend Rugby Club on Thursday by his grandson Martin Goodall.

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The club’s torch relay - a precursor to the real thing next week - was followed by a sports tournament involving 120 children from Gravesham schools who played touch-rugby, hockey and petanque and were treated to performances from Ifield School’s choir, Kings Farm’s Khaos dancers and Gravesend Grammar’s drumming band.

Organiser Jamie Owen said: “The enthusiasm of the children and the guests was tremendous and we didn’t let a little bit of rain spoil a great day.”

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