Olympic Torch Relay route: Fakenham

Sports demonstrations, street entertainers and live music are all included in plans to celebrate the Olympic torch coming through Fakenham on July 4.

The celebrations, organised by North Norfolk District Council, will start at 12pm in Market Place with the bells ringing out from Fakenham Parish Church.

There will be displays and 'have-a-go' sports sessions run by local sports clubs and a health and wellbeing open day, run by the district council.

The Fakenham High School band will play at 2.15pm and the torch is due to arrive in Fakenham from East Rudham at around 3.13pm, travelling through Wells Road, Oak Street, Market Place, Norwich Street and Holt Road before heading on to Holt.

There will also be street entertainers in Market Square and staff at Budgens will hand out goody bags.

Fakenham Junior and Infants School will hold a family picnic on their school field and pupils will make Olympic torches to wave the torchbearers through.

All car parks managed by the district council will be available.

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Jeremy Punchard, a district councillor for Fakenham, said: 'This will be an historic day for Fakenham and it's shaping up well with lots of people getting involved.

'I expect that it will be a very busy day and I would urge people to avoid using their cars where possible, either using public transport or sharing lifts, to ensure that everyone is able to park and enjoy the day.'

A team of five people will run the Olympic torch through Fakenham, including Fakenham's very own Mujibar Rahman.

Mr Rahman, 40, more commonly known as Diego, due to his love of football, was overall winner in the 2010 North Norfolk Community Hero awards.

He holds football sessions for people of all ages every Sunday in Fakenham, regularly collects shopping and medicines for elderly people and took part in the Sport Relief Mile charity race at Fakenham Football Club earlier this year.

Mr Rahman is also raising money for a bridge to be built to connect communities in Shylet, Bangladesh, the country where he was born.

He said: 'I'm shocked to be the only person from Fakenham to be doing this, I think there are other people more deserving than me.

'But it is a great honour and I'm really looking forward to it.'

The four other torchbearers are:

Bill Blackiston, 84, from Blakeney who has raised thousands of pounds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Mr Blackiston has even sky dived twice for the charity since he turned 80.

Fran Young, 46, Wymondham, who despite working full-time and taking care of two children, one of which has learning difficulties, has time to run the 4th Wymondhham Guides, organising countless activities for young people.

Pauline Robinson, 51, from Norwich who lost her daughter Charlotte at the age of 18 in August 2007 after battling anorexia. Mrs Robinson has raised money for eating disorder charity BEAT by running marathons and, with her husband Chris, spent much of their savings on lawyers to ensure a better system is in place within the NHS for people like their daughter.

Paul Rowlands, 41, from Norwich whose daughter, Alice, was born with a rare liver condition and lived for just 15 days. Mr Rowlands has worked tirelessly with his wife Miranda and son Sam to raise money to help families with seriously ill children.

Market Square will be closed to traffic throughout the afternoon and there will be rolling road closures while the torch is run through Fakenham.

To volunteer as a marshal on the day, contact Wyn Nurse from North Norfolk District Council on 01263 516305 or 07795 265671 or email wyn.nurse@north-norfolk. gov.uk

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