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23rd May 2019

Paralympic Flame Festival – fun for all the family


Stilt-walkers, magicians, creative workshops, a lantern procession and a finale flame performance are just some of the things that have been planned to celebrate Suffolk receiving the 2012 Paralympic Torch in August.

Needham Market is one of 34 communities across the country that will host Flame Celebrations as part of the 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay and to celebrate, a fun filled event has been planned.

On Friday August 24 2012, Amy Nettleton, Needham Market artist and local resident will act as Flame Ambassador and collect the Suffolk part of the flame from London and bring it back to Needham Market for the celebration event that will be taking place at Needham Lakes.

The fun free event will begin at 2pm and run until 9.30pm. The celebration will include a range of activities such as a sports zone, a climbing wall, creative workshops including fairy making, mini-rafts, clay, jewellery, flags and sensory gardens, junk funk drumming, art installations, music and impromptu performers from stilt-walkers and magicians.

Cllr Lesley Mayes, Chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council said: “This fantastic flame celebration event is something that all the family will find entertaining. It really will be an exciting event and I would urge everyone to mark the date in the diary so they don’t miss out.”

The event will then end with a magical twilight lantern procession around Needham Market and then a spectacular flame performance finale on the lake itself.

Cllr Kathy Gosling, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sport, Culture, Diversity, Health and Wellbeing said: “It is fantastic news that Suffolk has been chosen to host a Paralympic Flame Celebration. There is going to be a huge variety of activities on offer, so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. I would urge people to come along and take part in this once in a life time celebration.”

The event is being organised by Mid Suffolk District Council in partnership with Needham Market Town Council, Suffolk County Council and Optua.

Further details about the event can be found at www.ruralartssuffolk.org.uk or by calling: 01449 724645.

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