Torch Relay fever
Published Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Hundreds of people began queuing outside the Town Hall in Ipswich early this morning to pick up free tickets to the Olympic Torch Relay celebration event in Christchurch Park in July.
The torch relay stopover in Ipswich on 5th July is the only one in Suffolk and after a slow start the queue for tickets built up steadily. The dozen or so brave souls who arrived before 7am were soon joined by over 250 by 8.15am, with the queue snaking past Waitrose to Giles Circus. All available tickets were given out shortly after 2pm.
People were allowed a maximum of six tickets and more tickets were offered online from 11am today via the Regent Theatre website. Online orders incurred a £3 postage and packaging fee.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Culture portfolio-holder, was one of the earliest to arrive in the queue for tickets. She said: "After a slow start it soon picked up and it was nice to chat to people about the excitement of the Games and the event in Christchurch Park in July. It's a once in a lifetime occasion and I am glad I braved the early morning cold. It has been well worth it."
For those who don't get one of the 10,000 tickets (half of which are reserved for schools and sports clubs) there is still good news - a giant screen at the bottom of the park will combine with an entertainment "village" for those who can't get to the event itself.