To coincide with the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic torch on the 6th of July, Chelmsford Borough Council and Essex County Council have commissioned a county-wide celebration as part of the Essex Legacy 2012 campaign.
Sparks will Fly, created by Walk the Plank (a group of artists, theatre makers, pyrotechnicians, and event engineers), will see two Champions, Boreas Zephr and Marina Mightier, travel across the whole of Essex through the months of May and June before they meet for an explosive finale on the day the torch comes to the county.
The two Champions will travel across Essex, stopping everywhere from Colchester to Harlow on their way. At each place local people will be involved in a Welcome ceremony, during which a glass bead will be presented. Each bead will contain something special to its area of origin.
At the end of their journey, the Champions will face each other in a spectacular showdown and battle to win The Glass Bead game, an activity that hasn't been played for a thousand years!
Contributing to the London 2012 Festival, the Sparks will Fly Finale will see the Champions putting their strength to the test in front of hundreds of spectators at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
Essex Legacy 2012 was set up in 2006 to secure a lasting legacy in Essex from the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Tickets have now sold out for the 'Sparks will Fly' Finale. However, if any returns are made, more tickets will be released on the 19th of June. Visit the website for more information, http://www.essexlegacy.org/celebrations/sparks-will-fly/
To read more about the Sparks will Fly Champions and where they will be stopping go to, http://www.sparkswillfly.org.uk/