Gallery: East Suffolk reflects on day of celebration - as those in west await the torch arrival

IT was a day of celebration for Suffolk like no other. An estimated 153,000 people lined the streets of towns and villages up and down the county, all desperate to catch a glimpse of the gleaming Olympic Torch in the stunning summer sunshine.

And, apart from a brief shower, the weather really couldn’t have been better for day 48 of the 70-day relay around Britain.

The Suffolk coast got its chance to see the flame as dozens of torchbearers made their way through Lowestoft, Wrentham, Reydon, Southwold, Kelsale, Saxmundham and Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh mayor Peter Cox described the relay’s arrival as a “tremendous honour” for the resort.

“It’s been absolutely marvellous,” he said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of people coming through the town and they have been saying what a great day it is.”

Wickham Market, Ufford, Melton and Woodbridge were next on the route - with an amazing turnout in every location - before the flame found its way to Felixstowe.

It then arrived in Ipswich in fine style, aboard a boat that moored at the Waterfront before the torch made its way around the town and into Christchurch Park.

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Last night the flame stayed in the town, with a fantastic celebration in the park attended by 10,000 lucky people.

Ipswich Town Pastor Ann Christian was one of the small army of volunteers who helped make yesterday’s Ipswich leg of the relay such a success.

She said: “I think it’s wonderful really that we have got a nice day when the heavens haven’t opened - it’s good for something colourful to bring the folks together.” The torch has now left Ipswich today and passed through Colchester and Hatfield Peverel. It will travel around Essex today before coming back through Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket tomorrow.

See our torch relay section for more coverage and galleries from each location.

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