London 2012: Olympic Flame due at Barking Park then Dagenham Town Show

Hundreds are expected to watch the Olympic torchbearer take a ride on the miniature train inside Barking Park at 9.49am today.

The flame will then make its way to the Dagenham Town Show where dance troupe Diversity will carry the iconic symbol in to Central Park, on what will be the 60th anniversary of the show. It is expected to arrive at the show at 12.48am.

Paul Freedman, 87, from Hornchurch, is expected to carry the torch in Barking Park, Miniature Railway. He was nominated through the LOCOG campaign and will carry the Flame on the light rail in honour of his extensive charity fundraising for which he received an MBE in 2006.

Chelsey Grote, 12, from Dagenham, will carry the Flame around Mayesbrook Park Training Centre Athletics Track at the Mayesbrook Park Training at 10.30am. Mayesbrook Park Training Centre is a dedicated Training Centre for competitors in the 2012 Games. Mayesbrook hosts training for Athletics (throwing and jumping disciplines) at its outdoor facilities and Handball on its indoor courts. Chelsey was selected through the Get Set programme for being a role model at her school.

Members of local street dance troupe Diversity who have helped inspire a generation to get active since winning the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, will carry the Flame onto the stage, taking the Flame at 11.45am and entering the stage area at 12.48am.


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Ahead of his torchbearer leg, he said: “I felt honoured because I do volunteering to help others, not for rewards.”

Other torchbearer highlights include Dilip Roy, 70, from Newham, who will carry the Flame in Barking and Dagenham. Dilip was nominated through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign for his fundraising efforts that paid to build a permanent temple in the Olympic borough of Tower Hamlets. The temple will be first of its type for Bengali Hindu’s in the UK and will allow the group to continue their tradition of festivals, which attract people from all over Britain.

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