An online petition is calling on East Havantshire District Council to reverse its decision to pull Petersfield out of the Olympic Games.
Residents were looking forward to participating in a number of sports in the market square. Popular events were to include the Olympic Post Office queuing championships and the 26-mile Olympic Nimby Moanathon.
All the action was to have been shown on a big screen until councillors vetoed the plan, citing chronic shortsightedness.
Council official Stu Pidd said: “Nobody in the council could see the appeal of a big screen. We’re all so shortsighted here. In fact we’ve recently upgraded to a 42-inch flat screen in our boardroom at Halfpennies Place and Sally Taylor still looks a mess.”
If the new online petition is successful it means spectators will be also able to watch the women’s volleyball finals while buying market-fresh melons.