The Olympic Flame is coming through Suffolk on 5th July 2012
Published: Monday 2nd Jul 2012
Written by: Suffolk Secrets Team
Join in the fun as Day 48 of the Olympic Torch Relay sees the flame wind its way from Norfolk into Suffolk. Torch Bearers will travel to Lowestoft, then onto the iconic Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, before heading to Woodbridge and Felixstowe. The flame will then travel by river to Ipswich, pausing close to the Orwell Bridge for a photo opportunity. The flame will continue to Ipswich Waterfront before travelling into the town centre and onto Christchurch Park via the Soane Street entrance. The Torch Bearers will appear on stage at approximately 18:45pm, ready for a Celebration Evening, culminating in a cauldron being lit from the Olympic flame.
One of the local Torch Bearers is Chairman of Waveney Gymnastics Club, Mr John Pawsey. John has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of encouraging local communities to become actively involved in sport and will be carrying the torch on the Lowestoft leg of this momentous journey. Waveney Gymnastics’ Club has hosted both the Australian and Canadian teams in preparation London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and both of these international teams visited Southwold earlier in the year. Torchbearer John Pawsey - Lowestoft leg Other Torch Bearers on the day include Caroline Emeny from Laxfield and Craig Jarvis from Bury St Edmunds, who have both been involved in charity fundraising for many years, 20 year old James Shiplee from Bungay - an ambassador for Suffolk FA, Sarah Corbett from Tunstall (near Snape) who runs a youth choir and non-profit theatre group for young people, Jon Mansfield - a community tennis coach at Woodbridge Tennis Club and 70 year old Annie Chapman from Diss, who has raised a staggering £185,000 for Cancer Research UK over the past 7 years. Annie Chapman - Aldeburgh leg
To ensure you make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame, here is a summary of the proposed Olympic Torch Relay Route on Thursday 5th July 2012:-
LOWESTOFT 9.57 hrs A12 Yarmouth Rd from Weston Rd
REYDON - 11:22 hrs B1127 Lowestoft Road Mights Road
SOUTHWOLD - 11:26 hrs Mights Road Pier Avenue North Parade Photo Opportunity - Beach Huts Car Park Pier Avenue Mights Road Mights Road – Hill Rd
KELSALE - 13:23 hrs B1121 Main Road from Rosemary Lane
SAXMUNDHAM - 13:34 hrs B1121 Main Road B1121 South Entrance ALDEBURGH - 13:54 hrs A1094 Saxmundham Road A1094 Victoria Road Photo Opportunity - Aldeburgh World Orchestra Crabbe Street Crag Path Hertford Place High Street A1094 Victoria Road A1094 Saxmundham Road to Linden Rd
WICKHAM MARKET - 14:59 hrs B1078 Lower Street from Asme Rd B1438 High Street to Featherbroom Gardens MELTON - 15:24 hrs B1438 Melton Road
WOODBRIDGE - 15:39 hrs B1438 Melton Road Thoroughfare Quay Street Station Road B1438 Ipswich Road
FELIXSTOWE - 16:42 hrs A1021 Beatrice Avenue A1021 Hamilton Road A1021 Orwell Road A154 Garrison Lane B1082 Undercliff Road West Sea Road Beach Station Road IPSWICH - 17.34 Convoy departs Fox’s Marina for Speed Boat ride up the river (approx departure: 17.34) Ipswich Waterside Marina – flame arrives by river (approx arrival: 17.45 – 18.15) Neptune Quay A137 Bridge Street A1022 Star Lane St Peter's Street St Nicholas Street B1075 Friars Street Prince's Street Tavern Street Northgate Street A1156 Crown Street B1077 Soane Street
Christchurch Park (approximate arrival on stage: 18:45 hrs) Details of all of the other Torch Bearers on the 5th July can be found at London 2012 website.