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Olympic torchbearers June Clarke, second left, and Frank Adams, second right, with the Olympic Torch in Alexandra Park, with Duncan Wilson the chief executive of Alexandra Palace, centre, and Cllrs Alan Strickland, left, and Matt Cooke, right. Picture: Tony Gay
by Stephen Moore
Monday, May 14, 2012
Details have been released this evening of how to get your share of 4,000 tickets to the exclusive Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration at Alexandra Palace in July.
Huge demand is predicted for the tickets to the party welcoming the Olympic Flame to Haringey, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis online, over the phone and in person.
Tickets will be released on Saturday, May 26 at 10am, with a limit of six tickets per household.
Last Thursday, at the precise moment the Olympic Flame was being lit in Athens, Greece, one of the torches was taken to Alexandra Palace, pictured, to highlight the significance of the forthcoming event.
The evening celebration boasts a superb entertainment programme, featuring singer Loick Essien, as thousands of residents wait for the arrival of the final torchbearer at the Palace.
Cllr Matt Cooke, chair of trustees at Alexandra Palace, said: “For Alexandra Palace to host this official evening celebration reflects our historic and modern sporting connections, and coincides with the exciting announcement of our regeneration plans to secure that reputation for the future.”
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration and social inclusion, added: “This is an event for all the family to enjoy. It will be very popular and tickets will be in high demand, so put a reminder in your diaries or on your phone to get set for May 26.”
Ticket holders will be allowed entry from around 4pm and the main stage will come to life at 5pm, showcasing up-and-coming live music acts, acrobatics, dance performances and Haringey Young Musicians.
It culminates in the arrival of the final torchbearer, who will light the celebration cauldron on the stage.
The Olympic Torch will enter Alexandra Park from the Muswell Hill end of Alexandra Palace Way.
Following the final torchbearer exchanges - officially each known as a “kiss” - the Olympic Flame will make its final journey onto the stage by the Ally Pally Ice Rink where the Olympic Cauldron will be lit. The event is expected to end at 7pm.
There are three ways to get tickets:
1- Online, through the Haringey Council website at www.haringey.gov.uk/Olympics where on May 26 at 10am you will see a link to Ticketmaster, who are administering ticketing. Tickets are free but there will be a small postage charge for each ticket.
2- In person, for those aged over 18, at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, Philip Lane, South Tottenham, from 10am on May 26. Proof of age is required, where necessary, along with a utility bill or bank statement with your post code on it. Be prepared to queue.
3- By calling Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444 from 10am on May 26. There are limited spaces on two disabled viewing platforms in Wood Green and Hornsey but these MUST be booked in advance and are first-come, first-served. Call Ticketmaster Specialist Sales on 0844 847 1655.
- Tickets are not restricted to Haringey residents. Those who do not get tickets can still join in the celebrations by lining the route of the Torch Relay as the Olympic Flame is carried from Tottenham to Alexandra Palace. For more details about the Torch Relay Route, tickets and the Olympics visit www.haringey.gov.uk/Olympics or www.alexandrapalace.com