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The Olympic Torch in Essex

John Bowman lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame following the Torch Relay leg through Chelmsford Photo: Danny Lawson/LOCOG/PA Wire

The Olympic Torch made its way into Essex for the first time on Friday 6 July - 49 days into the marathon 70-day relay around the British Isles.

The flame started in Ipswich and ended up in Chelmsford taking to two wheels along the way at the Olympic Mountain Bike Venue near Southend,

The torch leaves Ipswich at 6.35am and heads for Colchester. After that it's Hatfield Peverel, Heybridge, Maldon and Rayleigh before a stretch along Southend seafront past the world's longest pleasure pier.

The next stop is the Hadleigh Farm Olympic Venue which is where the mountain biking competition will take place.

Then it's onto the new Basildon Sporting Village followed by Grays, Herongate and Brentwood before the Evening Celebration at Hylands Park just outside Chelmsford.

  • 6.35am Ipswich
  • 7.28am Colchester
  • 8.41am Hatfield Peverel
  • 8.57am Heybridge
  • 9.12am Maldon
  • 10.17am Rayleigh
  • 10.52am Southend-on-Sea
  • 1.49pm Hadleigh
  • 3.39pm Basildon
  • 5.01pm Grays
  • 5.41pm Herongate
  • 5.58pm Brentwood

The weather forecast is for rain during the morning clearing by the afternoon although Essex is expected to escape the worst of the wet weather.

Met Office forecast for the East of England

A cloudy morning with further persistent and heavy rain in many parts. Further torrential downpours bring a risk of flooding. Becoming drier and brighter from the southeast during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 22°C (72°F).

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