Aldeburgh/Saxmundham/Kelsale: Moment to shine

COMMUNITIES in Aldeburgh, Saxmundham and Kelsale are aiming to make this Thursday’s Olympic Torch Relay a lasting memory for youngsters.

In Kelsale the village’s older residents will join children from the primary school for an Olympic themed day.

The crowds will also be entertained by Morris Dancers as the iconic flame is carried through.

Joanne Jones, clerk to Kelsale-cum-Carlton Parish Council, said: “For us it’s all about getting the community together for this once in a lifetime event.”

Upon reaching Saxmundham the torchbearer will be met by more than 1,000 school pupils, waving their flags and cheering to jazz music played by a band from Framlingham College.

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Marian Andrews, vice chairman of the town council and also a district councillor for Saxmundham, said: “We are hoping that a lot of the town’s people turn out for the torch but of course we are really concentrating on getting younger people from the area involved.

“I am personally very excited about the event because I was fortunate enough to be taken to the 1948 Olympics’ opening ceremony, and it was spectacular. If you have experienced the Olympic Games you will know that it really is something that you remember for your entire life.”

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The torch will then make its way to Aldeburgh where its arrival will be greeted by a fanfare, played by The World Orchestra and composed by musicians from Aldeburgh Music.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets as the torch is carried towards the seafront, where it will stop temporarily for photographs at Moot Green.

Ruth Proctor, clerk to the town council, said: “I think there will be a carnival atmosphere for the whole day and I’m sure the pubs and restaurants will all be very busy.”

The town will welcome more than 1,300 school children from the local area - including Snape, Laxfield and west Suffolk - and the British Judo Association will also be giving demonstrations.

Mayor Peter Cox added: “It’s been a wonderful opportunity for Aldeburgh and honestly we are thrilled to bits that it happening and passing through our lovely town.”

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