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26 May 2012, 06:00
After the public queued in their hundreds and went online for their Olympic Torch Relay celebration tickets in Ipswich, the Borough Council is planning its allocation to local schools, sports clubs and charities.
Nearly 7,000 tickets were snapped up in little more than a morning and now another 4,000 are to be distributed by the Council.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Culture portfolio-holder, said: “We were delighted by the response from the public – it was good to chat to people in the queue outside the Town Hall and we are all very excited by the entertainment plans for Christchurch Park on 5th July.
"I joined the queue at 7am and I was pleased by the good humour and the banter. And, of course, we later gave away 3,500 tickets online.”
The Council will be allocating tickets to all the 46 schools in Ipswich – the numbers varying according to how many pupils attend. The Mayor of Ipswich, Mary Blake, will visit some of the schools and talk to staff and children about the event.”
For those who were unable to get tickets earlier this week, Ipswich Borough Council has organised for there to be five other entertainment hotspots along the Olympic Flame route, as well as a big screen just outside of the park replaying all the action.