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Marina the alien given a fabulous send-off to big match

By Maldon Chronicle  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

  • CROWD CONTROL:

  • ILLEGAL ALIEN: One of Marina's mythical foot soldiers on the parade

  • MIDAS TOUCH: A gold car took supporters through Maldon

  • SOMETHING FISHY: One of Marina Mightier's fishy friends, fresh from the Blackwater

  • FLAG FLYING: Pupils noisily took part CMCR20120616A-164_C

  • NEAT AND NAUTICAL: Schoolchidlren had a wail of a time taking part in the sea themed procession

  • SEA GODDESS: Marina Mightier, the mythical alien, leading Essex's Olympic-themed Sparks Will Fly event

  • THE MIDAS TOUCH: A gold car helped carry some of Marina's entourage as it weaved its way through Maldon

  • HANDOVER:

  • COLOURFUL: Mythical alien Marina Mightier

  • HANDOVER:

  • good luck: Dave Williams prepares to hand over Marina's glass bead

  • HIGH SPIRITS: Mayor and Mayoress of Maldon, Peter and Jeanette Stilts, wave to the parade

  • SEA OF BLUE: The parade featured a host of nautically-themed characters

  • STREETS AHEAD: Thousands lined the pavements to watch the wacky parade pass through Maldon

  • SEA GODDESS: Marina Mightier, the mythical alien, leading Essex's Olympic-themed Sparks Will Fly event CMCR20120616A-117_C

  • MEDUSA: Marina Mightier, the mythical alien, looked like a cross between Medusa, the Greek goddess, and an octopus

  • SPARKS 2 , Pirates of Penzance St Mary's Church maldon, Essex

  • SPARKS 2 , Pirates of Penzance St Mary's Church maldon, Essex

  • day's finale: Pirates of Penzance closed the festival

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CRAZY CARS carried colourful creatures through Maldon as thousands of people cheered the procession of mythical "alien" Marina Mightier.

As part of the Essex-wide Sparks Will Fly event, the Greek-inspired sorceress of the sea waded among festival dancers from Plume School to Promenade Park, before carrying on her journey to meet her rival Boreas Zephyr for the Glass Bead Game.

Linked to the London Olympic games, the cultural celebration involves the two mythical characters touring Essex towns before meeting in the festival's grand finale, at Chelmsford's Hyland Park, on July 6 and coincided with the final day of Maldon's festival of arts.

Sandra Amey-Martin, part of the Sparks Will Fly organising team, said: "It was a fantastic day and we had about 5,000 people lining the streets of Maldon.

"There was a great display from the characters in Promenade Park, which 100 primary school pupils joined in with. It really did bring the whole of the Maldon district together."

Beginning at 1pm, the procession and display finished at 4pm, after the leader of Maldon District Council, David Williams, presented Marina with her "glass bead".

He told the Chronicle: "It all being linked to the London Olympics made it unique and there were some fantastic costumes.

"I presented the bead to Marina and I think the only slight downside was the wind, which perhaps limited her because she was on stilts."

Coinciding with the end of Maldon Arts Festival, Chelmsford morris dancers gave the audience a performance before a production of Pirates of Penzance closed the festival.

Organiser of Sparks Will Fly, Tony Morrison, said: "It all went really well. Marina is collecting seven beads before she meets Boreas, at Hylands Park, on July 6, for the big Glass Bead Game and picked up her fourth from Maldon."

The Big Sing Community Choir gave a performance along with the Schools Collective Choir, Maldon Youth Orchestra and Samba Jazz.

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