Torch will draw 20,000 to town

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PEOPLE are being advised to prepare for the crowds as the Olympic Torch comes through Bury St Edmunds on Saturday July 7.

The torch and runners are expected to travel through Angel Hill at around 4.20pm before travelling up Northgate Street to the Leisure Centre.

Angel Hill will be closed for parking from Friday night and the road along Crown Street, Angel Hill and Mustow Street will be shut from mid morning until mid afternoon.

Around 20,000 people are expected to be watching the torch’s progress through Bury St Edmunds although not all of these will come into the town centre.

There will be a rolling road closure along the whole route which will run from the Bristol Road into the A143 Horringer Road onto Out Westgate, down Westgate Street into Crown Street onto Angel Hill, into Mustow Street and then on to Northgate Street, Out Northgate, Fornham Road, Tollgate Lane, Beetons Way and to the Leisure Centre and the West Suffolk Athletics track.

Parking in Westgate Street, Crown Street, Northgate Street, the Fornham Road, Tollgate Lane and Beetons Way will be closed from 4pm on Friday July 6 until 6pm on the Saturday. Residents with parking permits in affected roads have been written to.

The torch will be bussed from Haverhill to Bury and be lit and carried by the first torchbearer at Bristol Road at 3.39pm to be taken through the town by 12 more torchbearers.