Town to host Olympic Torch

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EXCITEMENT is mounting following an announcement that the Olympic Torch will be coming to Bury St Edmunds next year.

As part of a 70-day relay, the Olympic Torch will be carried through Bury on July 7, although the exact route it will take will not be announced until days before.

Torchbearers will each carry it for 300 metres, covering an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, from Land’s End, in Cornwall, on May 19, to the Olympic Stadium, in London, on July 27, where it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Cllr John Griffiths, St Edmundsbury Borough Council leader, said: “The news that the Olympic torch is coming to Bury will delight the people of the borough, who have embraced the Olympic vision wholeheartedly. The street level celebration on Saturday, July 7, will add to the excitement, coming so close to the beginning on the games.”

On Wednesday, local schoolchildren joined Paralympic athlete Brian Aldiss, the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Christopher Spicer and councillors to celebrate the announcement by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) that Bury was among more than 1,000 locations to be chosen.

Lord Coe, chairman of Locog, said: “We are thrilled to confirm that Bury will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in St Edmundsbury to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.”

Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure, which will host the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic team as they train for the Olympic Games, said: “For

many it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the torch pass through their town and I hope everyone will be as excited as we are.”

St Edmuundsbury wants to help schools, local communities and organisations mark the exciting occasion.

To register an interest in taking part, call 01284 757080.