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Sparks will Fly:Essex Finale & Chelmsford welcomes the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

On the 6 July 2012 Hylands Park, Chelmsford played host to a special occasion with three distinct elements.

This spectacular event for the whole family commenced with the county’s only London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration. The live stage show was one of 66 performances that will take place around the country as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. It featured exciting entertainment by the three Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners as well as specially choreographed performances by Pinpoint Create and Walk the Plank working Chelmsford community groups and large-scale audience participation. The culmination of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration was of course be the arrival of the Torch and the lighting of the onstage cauldron from the Olympic Flame.

Following the Torch Relay Evening Celebration, the audience were invited into an adjacent area of the event site to feast, drink and play. A huge variety of refreshments were available including the best of Essex food and drink. There was plenty to do with displays of community sports and arts suitable for all the family. Local music, dance and other performances mixed with inspiring examples of physical prowess, accessible have-a-go sports sessions and an abundance of arts and crafts activities. As the sun begins to set, the world-renowned Red Devils Parachute Display Team descended on Hylands Park with a spectacular display carrying with them the final glass bead to enable the game to begin in the Sparks will Fly: Essex Finale.

Then the two great champions Boreas Zephyr and Marina Mightier completed their marathon journeys across Essex and came face-to-face for the first time. The expectant crowd were led towards the performance arena where Marina and Boreas competed resulting in a stunning finale to the evening with pyrotechnics, special effects and a spectacular firework display to finish. The finale show was created by outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank


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