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Sparks Will Fly In Essex: Stansted Welcomes The Champion Boreas Zephyr

24 May 2012

Stansted Airport is playing a vital role in an Essex cultural festival in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Two great champions – mythical characters Boreas Zephyr and Marina Mightier – are coming to Essex to compete for the title of 2012 Champion of the extraordinary Glass Bead Game to be played out at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on 6 July. Boreas made a stylish entrance by arriving at Stansted on May 22 aboard a Sikorsky S92 helicopter.

The larger than life VIP was met at Harrods Aviation by Stansted Airport's Managing Director, Nick Barton, a marching band and local dignitaries from across Essex.

Nick Barton, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, said:

"London Stansted along with Air Harrods were delighted to team up with Essex County Council and Chelmsford Council and host the arrival of Boreas and kick off the celebrations for the spectacular Sparks will Fly event. We’re looking forward to celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we want to share this wonderful experience with our passengers, staff and our local community."

Travelling to the terminal in a specially adapted Ford Cortina, Boreas was welcomed by schoolchildren from Saffron Walden, Harlow and Stansted. After a tour of the terminal he was presented with a special Stansted-themed glass bead – one of the components of the game taking place at Hylands Park.

Stansted’s bead contains a model of an Airbus A380 aircraft and a mini replica of the airport’s Skytrax 'World’s Best Airport for Low-Cost Airlines' award.

Boreas will meet Marina in the glittering final of the 2012 Glass Bead Game – played for the first time in a thousand years - to win as many of the beads they have collected around Essex.