Historic towns, picturesque villages and famous landmarks across Norfolk and north Suffolk will feature in this summer’s celebrations when the Olympic torch crosses the region.

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People are set for two exciting days of entertainment when the Olympic flame arrives on Wednesday July 4 –and details of the route it will take, down to street-by-street detail, are revealed today.

It means everyone can plan their celebrations as for the first time they will be able to trace the torch’s route.

Barry Stone, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for cultural services, said: “This announcement will allow residents in the communities that the Olympic torch relay will pass through to start to plan how they want to get involved with this once-in-a-lifetime event coming to their area.

“Norfolk County Council has lobbied hard to ensure that the torch relay heads through our county and I’m delighted that the excitement of London 2012 will be coming directly to Norfolk.

“As with the Tour of Britain cycle race, this presents a great opportunity for people to come together in their local area, support those taking part, whilst also presenting opportunities for local businesses to raise some revenue.”

The torch will first arrive in Norfolk in King’s Lynn shortly after midday on July 4 and will follow a route to South Wootton, West and East Rudham, Fakenham, Holt, Cromer and Aylsham before arriving in Norwich for an overnight celebration in Chapelfield Gardens.

It will make a special visit to Hethersett early the next morning for a photo opportunity at the high school before leaving Norwich Castle at 6.45am via Castle Meadow, The Close and Riverside Road. It will then head to Southwold via Acle, Filby, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Once in the Suffolk town, the torch will then take in Ness Point, Wrentham, Reydon and Southwold before going on to Ipswich.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk council cabinet member, said: “We are absolutely delighted there are so many opportunities for people in West Norfolk to come along to see the torch. We are also fortunate the torch will be stopping at Lynnsport at lunchtime. This has provided us with an opportunity to involve local schools in a small, invitation-only event to celebrate the Olympics. The torch relay will be quite a spectacle.”

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, said: “It’s great news to have the exact route announced. I’m over the moon that it’s coming through Norwich North. There is so much civic spirit that we already saw at the time of the royal wedding. I would urge people to consider how they would like to celebrate this momentous occasion.

“It’s a real opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate.”

Claudette Bannock, chairman of Broadland council which includes Acle and Aylsham, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The people chosen to carry the torch will be inspirational characters. I hope people will line the roads and cheer them on.”

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday, May 18, 2012, and the 70-day torch relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, on May 19.

•Click the links on this page for local maps of where the torch will be Norfolk

•Don’t miss our next London Calling supplement in the EDP on March 27.

11 comments

  • From the photo caption: "Olympic hopefull Eddie Graver" - oh dear!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • The 'oh dear' was a comment on the spelling, not the person, but from the same caption we read: "Locals have their picture takem with it". Does nobody check?

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • I was taught to keep trying. Old-fashioned, I know. This route will eventually have upon it the new incarnation of "Little Chef". A chain of franchised Ice-Cream Shops called "Sebcone". Trust me. Lord Coe is a perfect Arstrualist. Never seen such a 100% giving person. A Saint. You`ve even seen the logo. All a bit McDonalds, eh?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • Thoreau, they are doing their best. It`s just that their best is pretty, sorry, very poor! Mr T, I agree. Seb Coe & his buddies will do OK out of it, though. I do hope the Doomwatch Scenario does not come to pass. (Terrorism Opportunity).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • While Chloe Smith may be in the mood to celebrate, 2012 is a year that the ConDem government will continue the destruction of the NHS and Post Office, so only fat cats will have cause for celebration. I look forward to the day that her and Simon Wright are voted out of office, and then I will celebrate!

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    DrJB

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • @julygirl, having been run through one area it is driven to the next, before running begins again, and so on so on.

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    DT

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Having looked at the timings, I think they will run very late. Holt to Cromer in 20 minutes on foot- have they got Usain Bolt as the torchbearer?

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    julygirl

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Disappointing to see that the nearest the torch comes to North Walsham is Aylsham and Cromer. As per usual North Walsham is the forgotten sibling in North Norfolk.

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    Bev

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Wow! My nearest brush with the hallowed flame will be 20 miles, to be honest it is just another wash out, disappointed! It seems the torch thinks like your paper South Norfolk does not exist and befor you shout no Heathersett is not in my opinion South Norfolk.

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    Fact man

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • 95% of the country will be within 10 miles of the olympic torch... What % of Norfolk will not? Completely misses Swaffham, Dereham & the A47 corridor from King's Lynn

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    captaincozmik

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • So it misses a large percentage of Norfolk, GREAT!! there are more important things in life and I will celebrate when it is all over and we have a government that cares about more than a one off olympic event...... spend the money where it is needed, not just on the elite few.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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