Olympic flag flies over Ipswich
Published Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The Olympic Torch Relay rolls into Ipswich tomorrow and already the Olympic flag is flying proudly over the Town Hall.
The flame will arrive at the Waterfront, close to the university, shortly before 18:20. It will then be carried by torch-bearers along the Waterfront and into the town centre via St Peter's Street, St Nicholas Street and Princes Street, across the Cornhill on to Tavern Street, and then travel to Christchurch Park via Northgate Street. The flame will enter the park through the Soane Street entrance, passing the Mansion and through the park, where it will appear on stage at approximately 18:45.
The overnight celebrations are ticket-only, and all tickets have been allocated, but there are also a community village and a big screen at the bottom of the park, along with five entertainment hotspots along the route, so no one will miss out.
These hotspots are at The Old Customs House, Jerwood DanceHouse, Cromwell Square, Cornhill and the lower part of Christchurch Park. They will feature local entertainment. A map showing the torch route is available to download - July 5th Evening Route.
The Torch Relay will then leave Ipswich at 06.30 from the balcony of Christchurch Mansion and go down Northgate Street, Buttermarket, Westgate Street, Civic Drive, Handford Road and Portman Road before leaving Ipswich to go to Colchester. It will be waved off by Ipswich Town star Tommy Smith and the Mayor to a fanfare by Aldeburgh Music. July 6th Morning Route download.
The flag was raised at the Town Hall as the Mayor, Mary Blake, and Ipswich Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere handed tickets for the evening celebration to the East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH). Councillor Ellesmere said: "We are all looking forward to welcoming the torch when it arrives in Ipswich by boat on Thursday and makes its way through the town. As the only venue in Suffolk which will be hosting an overnight stop, Ipswich is sure to be the centre of a great deal of attention."
The Mayor added: "We are delighted to be giving tickets to the celebrations to the children's hospice. Everyone in the town recognises what an incredible place it is and we felt it was important that they should be involved. And there was no better occasion to present the tickets than the raising of the Olympic flag over our county town."
Flying the flag: Camilla Haycock from EACH, Cllr David Ellesmere, Clive Coles torch-bearer, Mayor's consort John Duffy, the Mayor, Mary Blake, and Cllr Bryony Rudkin