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Entertainment and fun set for torch relay
10:19am Wednesday 4th July 2012 in South Essex
THURROCKwelcomes the Olympic flame with a great celebration of music and entertainment on Friday.
A host of local schools will be taking part in the Young People’s Pre-Torch Procession to welcome the Olympic torch.
The procession, led by the Sutherland Pipes and Drums, will be started at 3pm by Cllr Yash Gupta, mayor of Thurrock, from Socketts Heath and will then march down the entire 3km route of the Olympic Torch, finishing in Hogg Lane.
From around 4pm excitement builds as the Torch Relay presenting partners make their way along the route giving out souvenirs and entertaining the crowds, before the Olympic Flame itself arrives at around 5pm.
Edwin Palin, pipe major of the Sutherland Pipes and Drums, said: “It is such a great honour for our pipers to lead this wonderful procession, especially as the sound of bagpipes has a powerful cross-cultural sound that appeals to all ages.” Aveley Primary School will be bringing its famous 20ft giant, which they created and named Aveleynne, wearing her dress inspired by Thurrock’s countryside, landscape and road network.
The Bells of St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church will also be ringing in Grays town centre. Rev Darren Barlow, of the church, said: “Church bells have traditionally been rung to signify events and important occasions, as well as calling out to the parish for service,s so it seem so fitting to have our church bells ring to celebrate this wonderful event for all our community to enjoy.
“I am also pleased a number of our local churches are showing they are central to the community by offering free refreshments and access to their toilet facilities throughout the day.”
The procession will not be the only entertainment for visitors to enjoy as there will be a spectrum of activities along the route.
Thurrock Youth Orchestra, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and Golden Voices Choir will be based outside the Thameside Theatre in Orsett Road.
The Honda Garage in Grays will feature Woodside School Steel Drummers, Grays Narankari group and Thurrock Music Services Guitar band.
If you would like to share your memories of the day, why not join a Thurrock group on the Flickr photo-sharing website?
All you need to do is create a free Flickr account and then add your photo to the ‘London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in Thurrock’ Flickr group, which is found at www.flickr.com/groups/thurrocktorchrelay