Olympic Torch Comes To East Anglia

Heart's been learning that people from Norfolk and Suffolk will be able to take part in pre- Olympic celebrations next year.

It was announced this morning what route the relay torch will go on and we can now reveal that it will be passing through Norwich on the 4th July next summer and Ipswich on the 5th July.

Norwich is one of just 66 evening celebration locations across the UK confirmed today by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).  The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit.  As part of the events LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.

Councillor Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put Norwich on the global map.

“It’s such an exciting event for the city to host and I’m really looking forward to getting as many communities involved in the run up to it, to make it an event that truly represents everyone in Norwich.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been given this opportunity and people living in Norwich can rest assured we will put as much energy and passion into the Olympic evening celebrations as we do with any of our other fantastic events.”

Russell Williams, Chief Executive of the Ipswich Borough Council, declared: “This is fantastic news and we will be pulling out all the stops to make this an occasion to remember for years to come. We have been working hard to get as many people involved as possible and we will be meeting our partners across the county to ensure everyone in Ipswich and Suffolk is involved. It is appropriate that the event falls within the Ip-art summer festival as the whole county will already be in celebratory mood. ”

The Olympic Flame will come to Ipswich on the evening of Thursday 5th July and will form the centrepiece of an entertainment extravaganza set in Christchurch Park. As part of the event, LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games) and its presenting partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will stage a variety of entertainment shows culminating in a cauldron being lit from the flame itself.

Here are the full route details:

Sat 19 May Land's End South West Start point.

Sat 19 May Plymouth South West Evening Celebration.

Sun 20 May Exeter South West Evening Celebration.

Mon 21 May Taunton South West Evening Celebration.

Tue 22 May Bristol South West Evening Celebration.

Wed 23 May Cheltenham South West Evening Celebration.

Thu 24 May Worcester West Midlands Evening Celebration.

Fri 25 May Cardiff Wales Evening Celebration.

Sat 26 May Swansea Wales Evening Celebration.

Sun 27 May Aberystwyth Wales Evening Celebration.

Mon 28 May Bangor Wales Evening Celebration.

Tue 29 May Chester North West Evening Celebration.

Wed 30 May Stoke on Trent West Midlands Evening Celebration.

Thu 31 May Bolton North West Evening Celebration.

Fri 1 June Liverpool North West Evening Celebration.

Sat 2 June Isle of Man North West Island Visit.

Sun 3 June Portrush Northern Ireland Evening Celebration. 

Mon 4 June Derry-Londonderry Northern Ireland Evening Celebration.

Tue 5 June Newry Northern Ireland Evening Celebration.

Wed 6 June Belfast Northern Ireland Evening Celebration. 

Fri 8 June Glasgow Scotland Evening Celebration. 

Sat 9 June Inverness Scotland Evening Celebration.

Sun 10 June Orkney Scotland Island Visit.

Sun 10 June Shetland Scotland Island Visit. 

Mon 11 June Isle of Lewis Scotland Island Visit.

Mon 11 June Aberdeen Scotland Evening Celebration.

Tue 12 June Dundee Scotland Evening Celebration.

Wed 13 June Edinburgh Scotland Evening Celebration.

Thu 14 June Alnwick North East Evening Celebration.

Fri 15 June Newcastle North East Evening Celebration.

Sat 16 June Durham North East Evening Celebration.

Sun 17 June Middlesbrough North East Evening Celebration.

Mon 18 June Hull Yorkshire and Humber Evening Celebration. 

Tue 19 June York Yorkshire and Humber Evening Celebration.

Wed 20 June Carlisle North West Evening Celebration. 

Thu 21 June Bowness-on-Windermere North West Evening Celebration.

Fri 22 June Blackpool North West Evening Celebration.

Sat 23 June Manchester North West Evening Celebration.

Sun 24 June Leeds Yorkshire and Humber Evening Celebration.

Mon 25 June Sheffield Yorkshire and Humber Evening Celebration.

Tue 26 June Cleethorpes Yorkshire and Humber Evening Celebration.

Wed 27 June Lincoln East Midlands Evening Celebration.

Thu 28 June Nottingham East Midlands Evening Celebration. 

Fri 29 June Derby East Midlands Evening Celebration.

Sat 30 June Birmingham West Midlands Evening Celebration. 

Sun 1 July Coventry West Midlands Evening Celebration.

Mon 2 July Leicester East Midlands Evening Celebration.

Tue 3 July Peterborough East of England Evening Celebration.

Wed 4 July Norwich East of England Evening Celebration.

Thu 5 July Ipswich East of England Evening Celebration.

Fri 6 July Chelmsford East of England Evening Celebration. 

Sat 7 July Cambridge East of England Evening Celebration.

Sun 8 July Luton East of England Evening Celebration.

Mon 9 July Oxford South East Evening Celebration.

Tue 10 July Reading South East Evening Celebration.

Wed 11 July Salisbury South West Evening Celebration.

Thu 12 July Weymouth and Portland South West Evening Celebration.

Fri 13 July Bournemouth South West Evening Celebration.

Sat 14 July Southampton South East Evening Celebration.

Sun 15 July Guernsey South East Island Visit.

Sun 15 July Jersey South East Island Visit.

Sun 15 July Portsmouth South East Evening Celebration.

Mon 16 July Brighton and Hove South East Evening Celebration.

Tue 17 July Hastings South East Evening Celebration.

Wed 18 July Dover South East Evening Celebration.

Thu 19 July Maidstone South East Evening Celebration. 

Fri 20 July Guildford South East Evening Celebration.

Sat 21 July Waltham Forest London Evening Celebration.

Sun 22 July Bexley London Evening Celebration.

Mon 23 July Wandsworth London Evening Celebration.

 Tue 24 July Ealing London Evening Celebration.

Wed 25 July Haringey London Evening Celebration. 

Thu 26 July Westminster London Evening Celebration. 

Fri 27 July Opening Ceremony, Olympic Stadium London End point.

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