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By DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A graffiti artist, outdoor concert and a giant chess board are all part of the celebrations when the Olympic torch comes through Cromer and Aylsham on July 4.
In Cromer there will be an all-day sports event at the Academy for the students and cluster schools.
There will also be entertainment on the pier including dancers from the Pavilion Theatre’s Summer Seaside Special show and an Olympic firework display when the torch arrives in the town.
Hethersett resident Nicky Wardale, 53, is one of the people chosen to carry to torch through the town.
She said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed by this honour. The Olympics are a symbol of hopes and dreams. I know I will be very emotional on the day. It makes me emotional just to think about it.
“As a family we love the Olympics and this will be a memory that will stay with me for ever,” she added.
Other torchbearers include Anna Mutimer, Chris Walker, Harry Heathfield, Josie Andrews and 12-year-old Natasha Smith (left).
The Cromer Academy student was nominated for the courage she has shown in battling a rare kidney disorder.
Mum Melanie Poynter said: “We’re over the moon that she will be carrying the torch.”
The Cromer leg begins at 4.16pm, with the six torchbearers taking their turns to run along Holt Road, Hamilton Road, Garden Street and down the slope on to the promenade. It will leave the promenade via the slope and on to Jetty Street, High Street, Church Street and Norwich Road, where it will finish outside the Cromer Academy.
In Aylsham torchbearers Aaron Bettoney, Carl Meen, Mark Harper, Sarah Goring and Sasha Dyke will take their turns carrying the flame through the town and thousands of people are expected to line the streets to cheer them on.
The torch will only be in the town for a relatively short time but Aylsham’s celebrations will last all day, focusing on the market place, town hall and recreation ground.
The torch itself is due to arrive by car at Dunkirk, at the north end of town, at 5.25pm. It will make its way along Millgate, Gashouse Hill, White Hart Street, Red Lion Street and on to Norwich Road, finishing near the Copeman Road junction.
Activities will begin at noon in the town hall and market place, with tables and chairs placed to create a cafe culture type feel for the centre of town.
Graffiti artist Mik Richardson will be working on a piece in the market place throughout the afternoon and there will also be the chance for children to make flags or pennants to wave when the torch comes through.
After the torch has passed, celebrations will continue with Roc-on-the-Rec, a free music concert on the Recreation Ground starting at 6pm and running until 10pm. There will be a bar and food and collection buckets to raise money for future events.
Sporting events held in the town during the day include a hoop-shooting net, a giant chess board, a walk around the town, short mat bowls, yoga, tai chi and zumba.
Aylsham town councillor Liz Jones (pictured right) is chairman of the Olympic torch committee and said: “This is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s fantastic for people to come together as a community and have a really enjoyable day.”
“Let’s give it a big Aylsham welcome.”