THE GRAYS Street Festival is being organised by Thurrock Council Arts team based at Thameside Theatre, and paid for by Thurrock International Celebration of Culture.
You can find out more about TICC and the amazing range of events on offer this summer at www.ticculture.co.uk.
This years Street festival has also been sponsored by Grays Shopping Centre.
Twelve months ago the Olympic torch passed through Grays, and this years Street Festival is the first of what we hope will become an annual celebration.
At 2pm on Friday July 12th, a hundred school children will assemble at Blackshots Olympic Rings Floral display under the direction of Thurrock Council Community section and Museum Curator Jonathan Catton to walk the Olympic Heritage Trail.
Following the route of the Torch Relay, Jonathan will point out historic features along the route with the help of a specially commissioned pamphlet. There will be no road closures as the children will stick to pavement and pedestrian areas.
At approximately 3pm, the parade will be greeted by the Mayor Of Thurrock Councillor Andy Fish at Grays Town Centre War Memorial. Accompanied by a steel band provided by Thurrock Music Education Hub, and dancers from The Starlight Dance School and Celebration Theatre School, the Mayor will welcome the procession in a style reminiscent of the ancient “Beating the Bounds” ceremony.
From 2pm to 5.30pm, 4 professional Essex based Street entertainment groups will be at four venues around the town centre. Bringing a touch of madness and mayhem to the High Street with comedy, music and colour.
The entertainers will include a Fat Lady singing opera, The Smallest Theatre In The World presenting a monstrous tragedy, and a surreal band of time travellers spreading creativity from their Art Cannon.
Performance spaces will be inside Grays Shopping Centre central mall, outside Boots chemist shop, Grays War memorial, and Clarence Road, (outside the Queensgate Centre).
Dancers will also be flashmobbing at various points around the High Street and there may even be a salute from the bell ringers at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul under the direction of The Reverend Darren Barlow.
Best of all – this afternoon of celebration, community and civic pride is all free.