Olympics: Framlingham gears up for London 2012 flag parade celebrations

FINISHING touches are being put into place for a celebration to mark the start of the Olympic Games.

Months of careful organisation and planning will draw to a close later as all eyes focus on London - and the people of Framlingham are making sure they do their part.

The town centre now displays a mass of patriotic bunting, as well as an impressive array of all the participating nation’s flags.

A giant screen has also been unloaded on Market Hill, which will be connected to the live coverage from Stratford so that the public will be able to gather and watch the ceremony unfold together.

St Michael’s Church and Framlingham Castle will also be taking part in the festivities by being lit up in the colours of the Olympic rings.

The celebrations are due to begin at 6.30pm with an Olympic Flag Parade starting at Framlingham College and finishing on Market Hill.

This procession will feature a number of Olympic Torchbearers, and their torches, who had the honour of carrying the flame when it passed through East Anglia earlier this month.

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These Torchbearers include Derrick Thomas, from Ipswich, who carried the torch through Wickham Market, and Mary Hills, of Crowfield, who carried the flame through Southend.

An extra touch of patriotism will be added as the parade is set to be led by a traditional red London Routemaster double decker bus.

The whole evening’s celebrations will draw to a close with a colourful fireworks display.

The event has been fronted by Framlingham Business Association (FBA) and supported by a number of other organisations in the town.

Karen Haynes, secretary to the FBA, said: “It’s a great community event and we have lots of things going on. It promises to be a lot of fun.”

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