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A torch from the 1948 Olympic Games has been found

An Olympic torch was presented at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games

An Olympic torch carried through a Berkshire town prior to the 1948 games has been uncovered at a sports memorabilia day.

The torch was carried by a local athlete and member of Maidenhead Athletic Club before the event.

It was discovered at Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Experts do not know how many original torches remain.

Historian Richard Poad said about 200 torches were used during the relay, which travelled from Greece to Wembley.

2012 campaign

The relay also passed through Windsor and Maidenhead, before returning to Torbay.

"This torch was carried by the 1948 Olympic relay team," said Mr Poad.

"Everyone thinks there was only one torch, but it's the Olympic flame that goes all the way along the route.

"We think each torch was used for about 3km, as it could only stay alight for 15 to 20 minutes."

In 1948, Maidenhead Athletic Club provided three runners for the Olympic relay.

Mr Poad now hopes to start a campaign for the torch relay to pass through the town ahead of the 2012 games in London.

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