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Emperor and tiger is set to chase Olympic torch

PUBLISHED: 23:03 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

Emperor & The Tiger, a previous parade (picture: Marcella Haddad)

Emperor & The Tiger, a previous parade (picture: Marcella Haddad)

A FAIRYTALE emperor plans to 'chase' the Olympic Torch as it races through East London next Sunday (April 6). Thousands of people are expected to line the Whitechapel Road to catch a glimpse of the famous torch, part of an epic global journey to Beijing for the 2008 Games in the summer

A FAIRYTALE emperor plans to 'chase' the Olympic Torch as it races through East London next Sunday (April 6).

Thousands of people are expected to line the Whitechapel Road to catch a glimpse of the famous torch, part of an epic global journey to Beijing for the 2008 Games in the summer.

It changes hands in relay twice in Whitechapel, once outside the East London Mosque and again a-quarter of a mile further along, outside the Royal London Hospital.

But following in 'hot pursuit' is a giant mechanical tiger and a 'larger than life' emperor, characters in the Bengali tale of The Tiger and The Emperor, plus carnival dancers and flag bearers.

The parade staged by Kinetika arts organisation and the Town Hall follows the Olympic Torch being carried by a celebrity and a youngster selected from a Tower Hamlets school.

The torch relay travels to 22 cities in five continents and through every province of China, before arriving in Beijing for the start of the Games on August 8.

The London leg begins at Wembley and passes through the West End and City to Whitechapel on its way to the North Greenwich arena.

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