Town enters race for Olympic torch

SUPPORT is continuing to flood in for the EADT-backed campaign to bring the Olympic or Paralympic torch to Suffolk as part of the build up to London 2012.

Craig Robinson

SUPPORT is continuing to flood in for the EADT-backed campaign to bring the Olympic or Paralympic torch to Suffolk as part of the build up to London 2012.

Communities and officials have recognised the importance of the event and are keen to ensure they do not miss out on the opportunity that a visit form the iconic flame could bring.

Games chiefs have now appointed Deborah Hale as producer of the 2012 torch relay and over the next six months she will have the responsibility of plotting its route.


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One community keen to take part is Mildenhall. At a recent meeting the parish council gave unanimous support to a proposition to offer its Jubilee fields and premises for a visit by the torch.

Councillor John Barker said: “This is a heaven-sent opportunity to put Mildenhall's name on the national map, with a large number of local people - notably youngsters in our schools and colleges - becoming aware of the importance of this place as it makes history.”

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It is hoped that the town's strong sporting heritage - including a cycling club of which Beijing gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton is a member - would put it in a good position to stage a leg of the relay.

It also has experience of hosting large events such as the Mildenhall to Melbourne Air Race of 1934, the large Air Fetes at RAF Mildenhall during the 80s and 90s and the annual cycling rally, which is the second largest in the country.

The EADT launched the Bring the Torch to Suffolk campaign at the beginning of the year in partnership with Suffolk County Council, BBC Radio Suffolk and Suffolk Tourism Partnership.

The aim is to get communities involved and for people to suggest why the flame should visit Suffolk on its way to London for the Olympic and Paralympic opening ceremonies.

According to a recent survey conducted by Suffolk Council the majority of people (41%) would like the torch to come to Ipswich, while just under 30% think it should visit Ness Point in Lowestoft, Britain's most easterly point.

n Do you have a suggestion of where and why the Olympic or Paralympic torch should come to Suffolk? If so contact Adam Baker, 2012 project manager at Suffolk County Council, on 01473 260821 or email adam.baker@acs.suffolkcc.gov.uk.

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