Suffolk: It’s county’s turn as epic torch relay arrives

TODAY is a day for all of Suffolk to celebrate as the Olympic torch finally comes to our county.

Up to 200,000 people are expected to witness the passing of the flame through Suffolk and Essex over the next three days.

The torch makes its way down the coast this morning, before arriving in Felixstowe from where it will travel by boat to Ipswich Waterfront, ready to be paraded through the town centre.

Once in Christchurch Park a spectacular evening event will begin, with 10,000 lucky ticket-holders able to enjoy a thrilling line-up of entertainment.

The next morning it will once again be carried along the streets of the town centre before heading into Colchester and a tour of Essex, returning to Suffolk on Saturday when it will visit Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket.

The flame’s journey through the county comes on days 48, 49 and 50 of the 70-day relay around the British Isles.

Suffolk-born javelin thrower Golide Sayers got involved yesterday, proudly carrying the flame along the streets of Bourne in Lincolnshire.

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After the run, the 29-year-old Olympian from Newmarket later tweeted: “Amazing turnout in Bourne.”

And it is expected to be a truly amazing few days for Suffolk that thousands will never forget.

Dozens of people from across the county will be bearing the torch, in many cases through their home towns.

The flame’s time in Suffolk will start in Lowestoft before arriving in Wrentham, Reydon, Southwold and then Kelsale.

The next leg will be through Saxmundham from 1.39pm before it moves to Aldeburgh, Wickham Market and Ufford.

The following stage starts in Melton at 3.29pm before the torch passes through Woodbridge and then heads to Felixstowe.

It will be taken to Fox’s Marina at Wherstead from where it will depart by boat at 5.39pm, arriving at Ipswich Waterfront at just after 6pm.

The run along the Waterfront starts at 6.14pm and the flame will arrive in Christchurch Park gates at 6.39pm. Five minutes later it will arrive on stage outside Christchurch Mansion.

The last torchbearer of the day will be Nicola Hunt, 27, one of the country’s best archers.

Town mayor Mary Blake said: “Ipswich is hosting the only overnight celebration in the county and I am sure will be the focus of much media attention. We have put a lot of work into this event and are confident the streets will be lined by many thousands of people before the torch makes its way to Christchurch Park.”

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