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Olympic Flame: Eyes of World on Suffolk

In a fantastic boost for the two districts and its communities, 12 of the 16 Suffolk towns and villages which will welcome the Olympic flame next July are in Waveney and Suffolk Coastal. These include Britain’s most easterly town, Lowestoft, the market town of Woodbridge, the picturesque east Suffolk resorts of Southwold and Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, home of the UK’s premier container port.

They join a host of other Waveney and Suffolk Coastal communities for this truly historic event on July 5th 2012, following the announcement of the ‘communities on route’ which will see the Olympic Flame taken on its 70-day journey around the UK. In each of the chosen towns or villages, torchbearers will carry the flame right in front of local residents, businesses, visitors and – of course – the world’s media.

Councillor Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council, said: “The 2012 Olympics will be one of the greatest events this country has ever seen and I am filled with the most enormous pride to know that the route of the Olympic Torch will pass through Waveney. It is the very greatest honour and playing a part in history will mean a huge amount to the communities of this district.”

Councillor Ray Herring, Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many communities in Suffolk Coastal will get to participate in this momentous occasion. This will be remembered for decades by different generations and we could not have asked for more. Suffolk Coastal is a beautiful part of the country and will provide a stunning backdrop for the Olympic Torch.”

The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.

The big day for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney is July 5th. Leaving Norwich in the morning, the torch will pass through Acle, Filby and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk before heading to Lowestoft, Wrentham, Reydon and Southwold in Waveney. From there it will go to Kelsale, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Wickham Market, Ufford, Melton, Woodbridge and Felixstowe in Suffolk Coastal before arriving for an overnight stay in Ipswich.

In announcing the villages, towns and cities LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.

People are invited to view the interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.

LOCOG Chair, Sebastian Coe, added his support to the torch travelling through so many Suffolk towns and villages. He said: “We are thrilled to confirm that these places in Suffolk will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people across the county to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Suffolk to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”

On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG’s intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to 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. The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.

Today LOCOG launches two new public participation programmes. The ‘Local Leaders’ initiative is an invitation to people to take the 2012 Games into their community and create their own celebrations next year, for the Olympic Torch Relay and other key moments during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leader programme at www.london2012.com/localleaders to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening, gardening, quizzes and barbecues and be in the front row to receive free London 2012 event materials to support events.

Also launched today is the ‘Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay’ education resource, available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012’s official education programme. The aim of the resource is to provide schools with cross-curricular resources aimed at teachers working with 3 to 16 year olds to aid learning around history of Olympic Torch Relays, the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Torch itself. A further education resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic Flame and show support for the Torchbearers. Lloyds TSB, official Education Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, have launched their Flame Followers schools programme which compliments the Get Set resources, and gives schools once-in-a-lifetime opportunities be right at the heart of the excitement and celebrations of the Relay.

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