Great Britain 28 July: Ipswich

The Grand Finale

The Grand Finale of the Peace Run took place in Chantry Park, Ipswich

There has been a Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile in Chantry Park since 1987

The team of runners each have their national flag for the final ceremony (Medhavati with the Mongolian flag)

People from over 25 countries are gathered for the event including Canada, Brazil, Iceland ....

France, Slovakia, Switzerland ....

The runners arrive

On this special occasion the Peace Run team are offering the town of Ipswich a sculpture - a Monument of Peace

To accept the sculpture, which will be a permanent feature of Chantry Park, is the guest of honour, the Mayor of Ipswich

Receiving the Torch Bearer award is Cliff Reed who has worked tirelessly in Ipswich towards inter faith harmony.

The sculpture is unveiled by the Mayor and the British sculptor, Kaivalya Torpy

Sanjaya Spettigue (far right) who organised the event and is a beloved citizen of Ipswich stands with the Mayor and Cliff Reed to celebrate the unveiling of the sculpture

Ashrita Furman, the Guiness Record Holder of the most Guiness Records, thanks the Mayor for creating this place where people can come and contemplate Peace

Adarsha Kelly of Glasgow, Scotland sings two haunting invocations of Peace

Musical group Ananda perform

Special guest, Adriano Passini (right) of Brazil, who had just the day before swum the English Channel attends the ceremony with his good friend and Channel swim helper, Ashirvad.

Former Channel swimmers stand with the Mayor and hold the torch. From left: Rob Sarah (England), Karteek Clarke (Scotland), the Mayor, Adriano (Brazil) and Vasanti (Germany)

Czechs and Slovaks stand with the sculpture

The artist, Kaivalya Torpy, displays an article in the Scotsman by Professor of Poetry at the University of Aberdeen, Janaka Alan Spence. The article features another of his Peace sculpture's that made international headlines during the floods in Prague.

Dundubhi of Zurich, Switzerland plays on the Erhu

Everyone is invited back to Sanjaya's garden for relaxartion, refreshments and games

It has been a long wonderful week of Peace running ...