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Town’s big Olympic honour

Chelmsford locals are celebrating after being the only town in Essex that has been chosen to host an official Olympic celebration event.

The Olympic torch will arrive in Chelmsford on Friday the 6th of July 2012, and there will be a fantastic celebration within the community that is expected to see 15,000 people attending.

Details of where the celebration will not be revealed until later in 2011, but it is expected to be in Hylands Park, which is the location for many big events in Chelmsford, including the V Festival.

Chelmsford was the winner out of eleven other Essex towns who applied to host the celebration.

Ray Ride, the Chelmsford Council cabinet member for leisure and culture said: “I am very, very proud our hard work has come to fruition and we will be welcoming the Olympic Torch convoy through Chelmsford just three weeks before the Games are due to start.

“I’m sure we will see a huge public turnout as the community in Chelmsford comes together to celebrate the start of the Games and witness the passage of the torch first hand. It will ignite a spark to light up the occasion.”

After the celebrations, the torch will tour Chelmsford on the 7th July, and then move onto its next stop in Cambridge.

The celebration in Chelmsford is one of 66 evening celebration that has been confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “We are thrilled Chelmsford Council has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey right across the UK. The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across the town, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area and showcasing the best of Chelmsford.”

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