Olympic flame takes first steps on route to Suffolk
19 May 2012
The Olympic flame has started its 48-day journey to Suffolk and the county's Olympic chiefs are urging people to get ready to welcome it.
The flame arrived in the UK on Friday 18 May and started its 70-day tour of the country this morning (Saturday 19 May).
It will arrive in Lowestoft on 5 July and will then visit 15 other towns and villages in Suffolk over three days. They are: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Melton, Ufford, Wickham Market, Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Kelsale, Southwold, Reydon, Wrentham, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket.
The torch will travel within 30 minutes drive of everyone in Suffolk.
The map of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay, which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic flame will travel through Suffolk. People living in and around the county can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.
Councillor Kathy Gosling, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member responsible for the Olympics, said "We're very lucky to have the Olympic flame visit Suffolk on three separate days. It's going to be a powerful opportunity for all of us to join in a truly international celebration and show the world what Suffolk is all about.
"I am urging everyone who can to line the streets and cheer on the torchbearers as they travel through our county.
"This is a once in a lifetime spectacle and I am confident that the people of Suffolk will join the celebrations whole heartedly."
Forest Heath District Council leader, Councillor James Waters, said "This is simply brilliant news for our district and Newmarket. What a fantastic opportunity - it will really bring the Olympics to life for everyone in the town, and indeed across the whole district. Forest Heath is looking forward to coordinating a whole series of activities to make sure that people of all ages and abilities take advantage of this unique event."
Councillor Sara Mildmay-White, deputy leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said "It is very exciting to have the Olympic flame carried through Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds and I know that people will turn out in strength to connect with this event, even if they are not lucky enough to have tickets for the Games themselves."
When the Flame arrives in Ipswich the borough council will host an evening celebration. Working with LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the Relay - Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, the event at Christchurch Park will be free, ticketed and will feature locally-programmed content.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council's portfolio holder for culture, said "This is a reminder of how close we are now to one of the biggest events in our town, county and country. The torch relay event in Ipswich comes in the middle of a sensational summer of sport and culture."