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17th July 2019

Olympic evening of celebration in Ipswich


Morning Parade performed at Christchurch Park in Ipswich this evening, (Thurs 5th July) thanks to Coca-Cola, Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, in a live event put on in celebration of all the inspirational Torchbearers – our Future Flames – who have carried the Olympic Flame as the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay continues its route around the UK.

Essex based Morning Parade entertain the crowds


The event in Ipswich featured a 15 minute high-energy, special performance by Morning Parade, during which they performed a selection of their recent hits.

The Future Flames were given the once in a lifetime opportunity of running with the Olympic Flame to recognise and reward the positive contribution they make to their communities and those around them, and were cheered on by excited crowds as they ran through the streets today. The Evening Celebration in Ipswich is one of 66 nights of music taking place during the Olympic Torch Relay. Coca-Cola is helping the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and host Local Authorities to bring music and celebration to every corner of the UK. This comprises 61 Evening Celebrations plus four extended Special City Celebrations in Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham, and a finale concert in London’s Hyde Park presented by Coca-Cola.

Each night features incredible performances from some of the nation’s best loved stars, including Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, Eliza Doolittle, Friendly Fires, General Fiasco, Katy B, Kids In Glass Houses, Labrinth, Little Comets, Loick Essien, Morning Parade, Mark Ronson, Rizzle Kicks, Tribes, Wombats, The Wanted, Wretch 32, You Me at Six and Young Guns.

Tickets for the event in London’s Hyde Park cost £15 (plus order processing fee) and are still available via http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/coca-colacelebrations

James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, The Coca-Cola Company, said: “As Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, we are delighted to have brought Morning Parade to perform at the Evening Celebration in Ipswich, to celebrate the amazing Future Flames who were today honoured with the opportunity to run with the Olympic Flame. It was amazing to see Ipswich moving to the beat in celebration of their local Future Flames and we hope everyone enjoyed being part of the magic of London 2012.”

Morning Parade said: “The gig we played in Ipswich was brilliant tonight. It’s such an honour to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay with Coca-Cola and to help everyone celebrate the amazing achievements of their local Torchbearers.”

The Future Flames running today included:
Victoria Simmonds (14) from Great Yarmouth – carried the Olympic Flame in Acle
Victoria is a keen runner representing the Local Army Cadet Force at National Championships, winning on three separate occasions. Victoria is passionate and dedicated to her sport and hopes one day to become world class. Victoria says, “I want to show others that passion and dedication is what you need to achieve.”

Rob Sanderson (23) from Great Yarmouth – carried the Olympic Flame in Great Yarmouth
Rob volunteers for the local NHS Ambulance Trust as a Community First Responder and hopes to train as a paramedic. Rob says, “Through fundraising and actively responding I help save lives and I hope to inspire others to find their own way of helping their community and to make a positive difference to other people and their surroundings.” He continues, “Through my own actions and through inspiring others I hope to be able to make a real difference to individuals and their family, friends and community.”

Lee Aldred (30) from Great Yarmouth – carried the Olympic Flame in Great Yarmouth
Lee is a keen sportsman and uses his passion to get family and friends involved in sport. For the past three years Lee has hosted football sessions to encourage people to get out into the park and get fit whilst enjoying themselves. Lee completed the London Marathon in 2009 and raised over £2,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Last year, he completed the Scotland Coast2Coast challenge raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support and is currently looking for his next fundraising challenge.

Lisa Marshall (19) from Basildon – carried the Olympic Flame in Lowestoft
Lisa has undergone three major surgeries in the last 4 years and is studying to become an educational psychologist, yet she continues to give her time to others by volunteering. She aspires to help other people with disabilities and believes that whilst overt discrimination has dramatically decreased, there is still a great deal of work to be done to further decrease people’s misconceptions. Lisa is a mentor to other people with disabilities and their families and hopes to one day set up a holistic service where all services work together.

James Shiplee (19) from Ditchingham – carried the Olympic Flame in Wrentham
James is a football coach and was selected as one of the top 100 Young Football Leaders in the country. He is also an ambassador for Suffolk FA and hopes to go on to coach within the football league as an Academy or First Team coach and help the England National Team. James volunteers at numerous places around his local area and coaches up to 14+ hours a week, as well as inspiring other young coaches to help them to progress.

Emily Gentry (13) from Ipswich – carried the Olympic Flame in Woodbridge
Emily has had two heart transplants and now puts on sports events to raise funds and awareness for the shortages of transplants. She dreams of becoming a marine biologist and hopes to use her passion to help other young people who have had transplants and show them that life keeps on going, even after life-changing operations.

Kasey Hagan (15) from Ipswich – carried the Olympic Flame in Ipswich
Kasey is a keen athlete hoping to reach world class status in High Jump or Pole Vault. Kasey is also a keen basketball player and hopes to coach young people in this sport to encourage an active lifestyle. Kasey says, “I have been involved in all kinds of sports since the age of seven and have made many friends along the way. I’ve travelled all over the UK with my various teams and this is extremely good experience when you are young as it teaches you responsibility and respect for others. I hope that I can pass all this on.”

The flame on stage in Christchurch Park

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