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21st April 2019

5th July: Afternoon Torch Highlights


The Olympic Torch continues through Suffolk on it’s way to Ipswich… this afternoon and this evenings highlights include:

5.49pm – A speed boat will depart from Fox’s Marina in Felixstowe on the River Orwell for Ipswich Marina. The Torchbearer will be Shane Hull, 55, from Norwich who was nominated through the Samsung campaign for his work as the Chair of the Hethersett Olympic Events Committee, a working group which Shane set up to galvanise the local community into engaging with the Olympic Games.

6.50pm – The last Torchbearer of the day Nicola Hunt, 27, from Ipswich who was nominated by Ipswich Borough Council through the LOCOG campaign will carry the Flame into the Evening Celebration in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Nicola is a talented archer and won her first individual international medal at the European Indoor Championships in 2008. In 2009 Nicky became the first Britain to win a World Cup stage and ended the World Cup Series ranked 1st. She won Individual and Team gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi – England’s first archery gold medal at the Commonwealth Games for 28 years.

The evening celebration will take place in Christchurch Park in Ipswich. It will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – with support from Ipswich Borough Council. The show will start at 5pm.

The line-up includes music from Morning Parade, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse. There will also be performances by the Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Group A and DanceEast.

Towards the end of the show, the last Torchbearer of the day – Nicola Hunt – will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.

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