Olympic torch to visit Norwich next week

Olympic fever will hit Norwich next week when the Olympic Torch arrives in the city as part of its tour of a select number of universities across the country.

It will roll up at the University of East Anglia in a big red Coca-Cola tour bus on Monday, October 31. Students and members of the public will have the chance to have their photo taken with the torch between 12pm and 6pm.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the Olympics and take part in a number of free sports-related activities put on by the Union of UEA Students.

The Coca-Cola tour will be visiting 20 universities this autumn as part of the National Union of Students' London 2012 Inspired project Be a Champion.

Coca-Cola and the NUS want to find young people who are passionate about their hobby to inspire others.

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Matthew Myles, union communications officer, said: 'The Union of UEA Students is very proud to be selected as one of only 20 Student Unions to host the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Tour.

'The tour provides the union, UEA students and the local community with a fantastic opportunity to pose with the torch and it will also help us all get into the Olympic spirit ahead of the games in 2012.

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'We are hopeful that lots of people will come onto campus and get involved in the fun and games we'll be running.'

The bus will be parked in Union Place, outside Nelson Court.

It is not the first time the Olympic Torch has visited in the city. It paid a visit to Chapelfield Plain in July this year.

Norwich will also play host to one of the community celebration events next year as part of the torch relay. The relay will be a 70-day celebration, starting at Land's End in May next year, travelling thousands of miles and bringing the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games to hundreds of communities across the UK. It will pass through Norfolk on July 4.

For more information about the Be a Champion initiative, go to www.nus.org.uk/london2012

Have you got an Olympics story for the Evening News? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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