Video/Gallery: The Olympic flame travels through Ufford, Wickham Market Woodbridge and Melton
FOLLOW the Olympic torch as it makes its way through Suffolk.
AFTER winding its way through the small village of Ufford and Wickham Market the Olympic torch arrived in Woodbridge.
Thousands thronged the town’s torch route as it made its way from Melton along the narrow Thoroughfare - which was at least five people deep in places - to Quay Street and out onto Ipswich Road.
Bunting, union and St George’s flags adorned the route while onlookers grabbed any vantage point going - from hanging out of second-floor windows to clinging to road signs.
The torch seemed to touch everyone - from children to office workers, students to families. Even shopkeepers stopped to catch a glimpse.
Among them Graham Smith, of Woodbridge Antiques in Quay Street.
“It was fantastic the torch coming through here,” he said. “It puts Woodbridge on the map.
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“It was terrific and it pulls everyone together and it’s great for the country.
“There’s been a real buzz in the town all day and everyone has been looking forward to it.”
While drizzle had been a feature at Saxmundham, Woodbridge enjoyed clear blue skies and soaring temperatures.
It meant a roaring trade for pubs - scores at both the Coach and Horses in Melton Road and The Anchor in Quay Street enjoyed an al-fresco drink as the torch passed by.
After a patient wait the Olympic entourage finally began snaking its way through Woodbridge, with the torch itself preceded by street entertainers and trucks laid on by London 2012 sponsors.
It was an element praised by Catherine Beaumont, rector at St Mary’s Church, Otley.
“The buses were a nice surprise and they kept us entertained,” said Reverend Beaumont. “It made for a delightful community spirit.”
Referring to the torch, she added: “It was very exciting to see it and it stopped right in front of us.
“I have never seen so many people out in Woodbridge.
“It feels like a very proud time to live in Suffolk and England.”