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Cheer on the Olympic relay across Essex

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

EXCITING EVENT: The Sparks Will Fly show will perform to more than 15,000 ticket holders

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ANTICIPATION is growing as the Olympic Torch travels closer to Essex.

It's set to reach our county in a week's time and to help you plan your pre-Olympic experience, the Essex Chronicle has produced this guide of when and where to see the flame.

With thousands of people expected to line the streets of Essex, village-style fetes are planned along the route and a spectacular evening of entertainment is set for Hylands Park, in Chelmsford.

Starting in Ipswich next Friday, July 6, a motorised convoy will transport the flame between each town, before supporters cheer on the 132 Torchbearers specially chosen to carry the flame from Colchester to Waltham Abbey.

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Kicking off early on Friday, the flame will visit Hatfield Peverel, Heybridge and Maldon, before snaking around the south of Essex and back up through Brentwood and Chelmsford.

Overnight it will stop at Hylands Park where celebrations will mark the end of its first day in Essex.

Beginning at 4pm, the Sparks Will Fly show will perform to more than 15,000 ticket holders, featuring exciting entertainment by local dance and music groups.

Here the Olympic Torch will be lit before the finale of the cultural festival ends with a battle between two fictional ancient Olympiads.

Although tickets for the Sparks Will Fly finale are sold out, people can still be involved in the Torch magic as the bearers go through Chelmsford on Saturday morning.

Beginning its journey at the Anglia Ruskin University, the flame will be paraded through Chelmsford High Street. Many city centre retailers will be open at 6am, including The Meadows, High Chelmer, Debenhams, Quadrant and Marks & Spencer.

A number of cafes will also serve a 'breakfast of champions' from 6am before the flame leaves for the end of the Essex leg; finishing through Harlow and Waltham Abbey.

Are you doing anything special for the Torch's arrival? Let us know by e-mailing newsdesk@essexchronicle.co.uk.

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  • bigdaddyk1986  |  July 01 2012, 11:25PM

    Nanniki - go be miserable somewhere else.

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  • Nanniki  |  July 01 2012, 6:20PM

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to cheer on an Olympics that is going to cost the British taxpayer a fortune and comes at a time of very high unemployment, double dip recession and rising inflation and cost of living ? How comes the foul ConDems can afford an Olympics, yet old ladies are dying on NHS hospital trollies, the roads are littered with pot-holes, 1000s are being made redundant each week, help for feamilies is being cut, soldiers are being laid off etc etc? The Olympics is a giant wgo trip for Cameron and his rotten govt. It also poses a massive security threat for Islamist terrorism, hence the SAM missiles forced into place on blocks of flats in London. The transport system can't cope at present. It certainly won't cope with thousands of Olympic spectators, officials, athletes, media etc You also have to wonder just how many foreign spectators will never return home, but stay in GB. The London Olympics is a disaster waiting to happen - which we the taxpayer will foot the cost for. Remember also that, thanks to Labour (and continued by the Tories-Lib Dems) Londoners were denied the right to apply for tickets and foreign athletes have been given priority access over British athletes to Olympic training sites. Now if that isn't treacherous, then what is? The British always discriminate against their own. Also, the Olympic torch relay has nothing to so with Ancient Greece, but was created in 1936 by Hitler and the Nazis - so anyone attending this event is supporting a neo-Nazi celebration!

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