Town’s torch hopes

THE Olympic torch could be coming to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk’s project manager for the London 2012 Games has revealed.

Suffolk County Council has already been told it is likely that the torch will be carried through the county and has submitted a list of places it would like to see the flame carried based on criteria including heritage and community.

And Adam Baker, the county’s Olympic chief, told a meeting of businesses, tourism chiefs, community groups and school governors on Tuesday: “Bury is very high up on the list.”

The county should get a clearer indication next month where the torch will go when the overnight stops are announced, while from May 18, people will also nominate members of the community to carry the torch for part of the route.

Bury is already set to host Rwandan athletes when they train for two weeks ahead of the games.

“We think having international athletes training in the local community will inspire people and connect them to the games. There is so much happening in Bury. It is exciting and it will leave a legacy here,” Mr Baker told a meeting at The Apex.

A year-long exhibition documenting Suffolk’s Olympic and Paralympic heritage opens at Moyse’s Hall Museum in July.

Mr Baker urged businesses and schools to get involved. “Those that prepare the best will reap the greatest benefits,” he said.

Businesses should register with the CompeteFor website for £250 million of contracts up for grabs and schools can sign up to the Get Set package, which uses the Olympics to inspire learning throughout the curriculum, she said. For more visit www.risingtothechallenge.org

n Read about sports editor Derek Bish’s tour of the Olympic Park on Page 142.