Torch bearers prepare to pass on the flame for London 2012

Launch of Olympic torch route and torch bearers at County Upper School, with Paralympian Brian Aldiss
Launch of Olympic torch route and torch bearers at County Upper School, with Paralympian Brian Aldiss
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The route to be taken by the Olympic flame as it travels through Bury St Edmunds has been announced.

Paralympic athlete Brian Alldis was at County Upper School, Bury, this week to celebrate being selected as a torchbearer with the students of his old school.

He said: “It’s a great privilege to be selected and I’m really excited for it, I’ve been waiting a long time to hear.

“It’s good the torch will be going to so much of the UK, not that many people will get tickets to Olympic and Paralympic games and this is a great way to spread their legacy.”

The torchbearers who will pass the flame around the UK were selected following a public nomination process.

They will set off from Horringer Road, Bury St Edmunds, at 15.38 on July 7 for the town’s leg of the torch relay.

From there they will carry the flame towards the Westgate Greene King brewery site before heading along Crown Street and past St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

The flame will then be carried up Angel Hill and into the town centre, travelling past St Benedict’s Catholic School, before completing its journey through the town at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre athletics track at 16.55.

Over 1,000 schoolchildren from across Suffolk will be competing in the Suffolk Youth Games at the leisure centre’s athletics track in Beetons Way to celebrate the flame’s arrival.

There will also be celebratory events held along Angel Hill as the torch makes its way into the centre of town.

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport said, “We are really thrilled that the torch will be carried through Bury and are looking forward to it increasing young peoples participation in sport.

“The excitement will be enormous and will help people from the very small to the very old get involved.”

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the torch on its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the opening ceremony.