One week to go until Olympic Torch arrives in Norwich

Excitement is building as the city prepares to welcome the Olympic Torch.

With one week to go until the historic flame arrives in Norwich, final dress rehearsals are taking place, trees are being dressed, bunting is ready to go up and final preparations are being made.

The torch, which is due to be weaving its way between Grimsby and Lincoln today, will arrive in Norwich next Wednesday.

It will then make an overnight stop in the city before continuing on its journey.

Crowds of up to 35,000 people are expected to turn out to see the torch and join in the evening celebrations.

A wide range of activities have been planned to ensure it is an occasion to remember.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: 'We have worked with a wide range of community groups and cultural organisations to celebrate the Olympic Torch coming to the city.

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'We are grateful to so many people for their enthusiasm and support. I hope now that everyone will come out next week to enjoy all the entertainment and decorations – to be part of something special.'

The Olympic Torch is expected to arrive in the city at Aylsham Road at about 5.50pm and will be welcomed by magical mechanical boats, bands and performers.

It will then head towards Chapelfield Gardens via Pitt Street, Exchange Street, City Hall and the Forum.

Trees along the route will be dressed in Olympic colours, the route will be lined with people cheering and waving flags, giant bunting will be hung from City Hall and banners will be draped from lamp posts.

The city then has a jam-packed programme, late into the evening, as the torch makes an overnight stop in Norwich. This will include the Olympic stage show, street acts and a spectacular 3D building projection.

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