Crowds line the streets to welcome Olympic torch

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Crowds have lined the streets of Bury St Edmunds to welcome the Olympic torch into the town on day 50 of its journey to the opening ceremony of London 2012.

The Olympic torch relay was due set off from Horringer Road at 3.35pm with people braving the threat of showers to witness this historic event.

The scene as crowds gather at hill

The scene as crowds gather at hill

Crowds armed with flags aand whistles lined Horringer Road to see the torch begin its journey through Bury.

The Barbrooke and Frost families staked out their places more than an hour before the torch was due to ensure they had the best view. Lynn Barbrooke said: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience and we knew the children would love to see it.”

Lynn was watching with her daughters Evie, six, and Grace, three.

Evie said: “When the torch comes past, we are going to wave our flags and cheer.”

Crowds in Horringer Road

Crowds in Horringer Road

Outside the Theatre Royal, staff ere out giving cake to the crowds.

The flame, which was lit in May by the suns rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, will pass through the heart of the town, carried by 17 torch bearers specially selected for their sporting achievements or work in the local community.

It will first travel to Westgate Street where it will stop briefly at Greene King before making its way to Angel Hill, and past the towns iconic cathedral, before travelling up Northgate Street towards Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.

It was announced yesterday that paralympian Brian Alldis will carry the torch past County Upper School on Beetons Way, where he was a student, at about quarter to five this afternoon.

Thetare Royal staff giving crowds cake

Thetare Royal staff giving crowds cake

The Bury St Edmunds stretch of the relay will conclude with a lap of honour around the leisure centre’s athletics track by torchbearer Alysia McIntyre, 21, from Bury St Edmunds in front of all those gathered for the Suffolk Youth Games.

When the torch departs from Bury St Edmunds it will continue to Newmarket and Cambridge.

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