West Suffolk: Excitement builds as area prepares to welcome Olympic torch

THERE is a buzz in the air in west Suffolk today as people anticipate the once in a lifetime experience just around the corner.

Tomorrow the Olympic torch will pass through Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket as thousands of people strain to catch a glimpse.

Some torchbearers will walk, others will run, and there will be those who may have to use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, but no matter how it is carried, the Olympic torch is coming.

The routes start at 2.42pm in Haverhill, 3.42pm in Bury and 5.32pm in Newmarket.

John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “It’s very exciting for everyone throughout west Suffolk actually and a lot of people have put in a huge amount of work to ensure the torch relay through this particularly beautiful part of the country is both enjoyable and a great success for all concerned.”

He added how it was “good news” the torch coming to Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill coincided with the borough welcoming the Rwandan Olympic team and hosting the Suffolk Youth Games.

Andrew Denny, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the overall impact on businesses may be neutral as many people would come into town to see the torch relay, but then there would be others who would be put off by the road closures.

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He added: “It’s nice it’s coming through our region and it’s a big part of the Olympics and the summer of sport we are enjoying at the moment.

“I just hope the British Olympic team does well. Generally, we need some optimism and it can generally give the economy a boost.”

•Send your pictures of the Olympic torch relay to suffolk.iwitness24.co.uk. Also visit the Olympic torch section of the East Anglian Daily Times website.

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