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.
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.
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