Music and entertainment planned as Lowestoft hails its Olympic hero Anthony Ogogo
THREE hours of entertainment are being planned in Lowestoft town centre this afternoon as the town hails its Olympic hero – boxer Anthony Ogogo.
The special celebration event has been laid on by Lowestoft Town Management Partnership (LTMP) in conjunction with Waveney District Council and the mayor Nick Webb to enable people celebrate the 23-year-old's achievement in winning a middleweight bronze medal at London 2012.
A stage will be set up outside the BHS store in London Road North, and there will be music playing from 3pm until 6pm. At about 5pm, Anthony will be driven through the town in The Beach radio's cabriolet.
He will then be interviewed on stage.
The LTMP has arranged for Union Jack-waving stilt walkers to appear at the event, after they proved popular at the town's Torch Relay celebrations.
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Anthony, who grew up in the town and attended Fen Park Primary School, Kirkley Middle and Kirkley High – now East Point Academy – said he was looking forward to the event.
'I can't wait,' he said. 'It will be great to celebrate along with my family, my girlfriend and all of my friends. The reception I've had since the Olympics has been amazing and I'd like to thank everyone for their support.'
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After the town centre celebration, Anthony will be making an appearance this evening at Crown Meadow football ground before Lowestoft Town's first home match of the season against Concord Rangers. As a special guest of the club, he will meet the Trawlerboys' players on the pitch prior to kick-off.
It comes three days after he received a standing ovation from fans at Portman Road, along with Suffolk's other Olympians and Olympic Torch bearers, before Ipswich Town's match against Blackburn Rovers.