Great sporting moments are etched on my memory

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Tomorrow promises to be a stellar day on the Bury St Edmunds calendar.

Day 50 of the Olympic Torch’s long journey will see it light up the town – and thousands of us are expected to watch the spectacle.

We will be bringing you the news and video of the torch’s journey throughout the day on our website and on Twitter. You can contribute, too and be part of history – see Page 9 for details on how you can be a ‘reporter’ for the day.

But tomorrow is our chance to be a part of one of the biggest sporting occasions this country has seen in decades and for us to create memories which will last a lifetime.

I can still (just) remember the 1973 FA Cup Final when me and my dad huddled around one of the few colour televisions in our village to watch my team. The fact they were odds-on favourites and lost still spoils what should have been a triumphant day.

I can still remember that Wimbledon final between a brash John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. I was playing hide and seek in my best friend’s runner bean patch. We Fen boys had to make our entertainment.

I can still remember watching in disbelief as a sporting icon was born against the Aussies at Headingley in 1981. He was Ian Botham. I was in heaven.

Sport has a way of evoking memories in us which last way beyond that final ball of the match being bowled or that final medal being won.

Fast forward to 2012 and we are on the brink of seeing the world’s elite grace our shores.

Okay, you’ll be very lucky to have gained tickets for the men’s 100m final but tomorrow we can all, at least, share in the heady excitement the torch is engendering in all parts of the UK – and hopefully have fond memories which will last for ages.

n Barry Peters is editor of the Bury Free Press.

n Next week: Ben Keenan.