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19 March 2012, 07:30
The route which the Olympic Torch will take as it passes through Norfolk has been announced this morning.
The build-up to the world's greatest celebration of sport will see the Olympic Torch passing through eight of Suffolk Coastal's towns and villages on Thursday, July 5 and today the exact routes have been confirmed.
After spending much of the morning in Waveney, the torch will travel to Kelsale, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Wickham Market, Ufford, Melton, Woodbridge and Felixstowe.
"It is a real boost for the district that this prestigious parade will pass through so many of our towns and villages and give so many people the chance to take part in the build up to the world's greatest celebration of sport," said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Economic Development.
"I am sure that this prestigious parade will attract many onlookers and visitors to see this once in a lifetime event, and the activities being organised by our town and parish councils on the route will help create a real party atmosphere.
My hope is that it will act as an inspiration to encourage more of our communities to get involved in sport, whether participating or volunteering, so that we not only have a legacy of a healthier and fitter district but maybe future Olympians starring on the world stage in the years to come."
The full route of the Torch Relay can be seen on www.london2012.com/olympictorchmap and also on Suffolk Coastal Council's website www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk. The map confirms exactly what streets and time people will be expected to see it, and this is summarised below.
- Kelsale - 1:23pm B1121 Main Road
- Saxmundham - 1:34pm B1121 Main Road to B1121 North Entrance to B1121 South
- Aldeburgh - 1.54pm A1094 Saxmundham Road to A1094 Victoria Road to Crabbe Street, to Crag Path to Hertford Place to High Street to A1094 Victoria Road to A1094 Saxmundham Road
- Wickham Market - 1.59pm B1078 Lower Street to B1438 High Street
- Ufford - 3.13pm B1438 Yarmouth Road
- Melton - 3.24pm B1438 Melton Road
- Woodbridge - 3.39pm B1438 Melton Road to Thoroughfare to Quay Street to Station Road to B1438 Ipswich Road
- Felixstowe - 4.42pm A1021 Beatrice Avenue to A1021 Hamilton Road to A1021 Orwell Road to A154 Garrison Lane to B1082 Undercliff Road West to Sea Road to Beach Station Road
Given the number of people that are likely to want to witness the progress of the Torch through the district, it is likely that there will be some local disruption on the day. Residents and businesses might want to rearrange their day to avoid any possible hold-ups from the rolling road block that will surround the Torch Relay.
It will also pass through Waveney's towns and villages on July 5th.
Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council said: "The announcement of the street level route brings all the excitement that little bit closer. July 5th will be a day to live long in the memory and our communities can now start making plans to celebrate the historic journey of the Olympic flame through Waveney. I cannot wait for the day to come now and I hope that everyone in the district will join together to enjoy this once in a lifetime event."
Cllr Bruce Provan, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Tourism added: "The eyes of the world will be watching the Olympic Flame on its journey around the UK and I?m sure that the proud people of Waveney will want to put on a great show for the watching millions. It would be fantastic to see the route packed with people who love their towns and villages and want to show how much this day means to them."
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Locations and timings as follows. This is a live event, therefore timings are approximate:
A12 Yarmouth Road - 9.56amHigh Street, Rant Score, Whapload Road, Wilde Street, Gas Works Road, Ness Point, Coastal Lane, Orbis Energy Centre, LaneWilde Street, Newcombe Road, Hamilton Road, Whapload Road, A12 Old Ness Road, London Road North, A12 Denmark Road, Station Square, Pier Terrace, A12 Belvedere Road
A12 High Street - 11.05am, B1127 Southwold Road, REYDONB1127 Lowestoft Road - 11.22am, Mights Road
Mights Road - 11.26am, Pier Avenue, North Parade, Beach Huts, Car Park, Pier Avenue Mights Road
The torch will visit Haverhill on Saturday 7th July.
Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet member for Culture and Sport said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join in the Olympics torch relay. The memory of taking part is one that our communities will share for years in the future. The event has been brought to life by the announcement of which of our streets the flame will travel along. I hope as many people as possible are able to enjoy the spectacle coming into the hearts of our communities."
Haverhill route: http://g.co/maps/uhvrg