By MARK BOGGIS
Friday, August 17, 2012
PEOPLE in Lowestoft are being urged to turn out in force and fly the Union flag next week to honour the achievements of the town’s very own Olympic hero – boxer Anthony Ogogo.
The first of two planned celebrations will take place in the town centre on Tuesday to hail the 23-year-old’s achievements in winning a bronze medal for Team GB at London 2012.
It is hoped that thousands of people will descend on Lowestoft town centre – much like they did for the Olympic Torch Relay last month – for the celebratory event, which starts at 5pm.
The achievements of the Triple A boxing club member will also be more formally marked at the next full council meeting of Waveney District Council at Lowestoft Town Hall on September 26.
Lowestoft mayor Nick Webb said it was a chance for the town to celebrate. He said: “The Lowestoft Charter Trustees, Lowestoft Town Management Partnership and Waveney District Council are working together to make sure that we can create a fitting event when hopefully people will turn out in large numbers to say their own congratulations to Anthony.
“Anthony’s outstanding efforts deserve to be marked publicly and I am sure the people of Lowestoft will turn out to pay their own tributes to our very own Olympic superstar.”
Lowestoft town centre manager Emma King said: “This is a huge, huge achievement for Anthony and its massive for Lowestoft – we have a bronze medallist from our home Olympics, and this is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate.
“Bring along your Union flags and fly them proudly for Anthony!”
The town centre partnership have also organised entertainment from 3pm, as a stage will be in installed outside the BHS store in London Road North and a band will be performing, along with a roadshow from The Beach radio station, and street entertainers.
Anthony Ogogo will arrive at 5pm in a convertible Cadillac car, which will leave Station Square before going up London Road North to take him to the event.
Council leader Colin Law said: “We all know that Anthony had personal battles as well as the best of the world’s boxers to contend with during London 2012, and his courage and success has won him even more supporters across the whole of Waveney.
“Anthony has been such an excellent flag-bearer for our district throughout his sporting career that we had invited him to our September meeting.
“His medal-winning achievements at London 2012 will make that night even more special and we will be sure to mark it so that he can once again realise how much the district is knocked out by his talents and the example he has set for us all.”