Day 50 of the Olympic Torch Relay is getting red-ringed in more and more people’s diaries and the excitement is now tangible. Judging by the turnout for the torch to date, we are expecting people from towns and villages across West Suffolk to make a day of it and come in their thousands to experience this once in a lifetime event.
This is our moment to shine. As council leaders who are working closely together to promote West Suffolk, we are proud of the welcome waiting for visitors and we hope they will leave with a great impression of our unique landscape, heritage and quality of life.
The value of the torch relay is the inspiration it provides for people to lead healthier lives. We enjoy an enviable quality of life in West Suffolk. We are leaders in the number of people taking up sport and healthy activities and if there is one Olympic legacy we would like to see, it is that our residents are able to live life to the full.
There is so much for young people to take away from the torch relay. The visit of the flame to the Suffolk Youth Games will be a unique personal memory for the 1,000 participants, and for those lining the route and watching with family and friends, the stories of the torchbearers will be inspirational. These extraordinary ordinary people from our communities are role models for achieving potential and shining.
We want visitors to remember our can-do attitude and the entrepreneurial spirit of the area when it comes to doing business. The Torch Relay will be a very big event and we know our business community will rise to the occasion. Although it is not easy to explain, the Olympic experience provides a lift in confidence which will be very welcome to all those finding times challenging.
We look forward to joining you in Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, to share the Olympic spirit and the experience of a lifetime
Cllr John Griffiths,
Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Cllr James Waters,
Leader of Forest Heath District Council