Little Melton couple put silver wedding celebrations on hold for Olympic torch visit

Silver celebrations have been put on hold by a Little Melton couple thanks to the impending arrival in early July of the official 2012 London Olympic flame to Hethersett.

Tim and Julie Cooke will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary the day before the arrival of the flame at Hethersett High School on July 5. But there will be no breakfast in bed for the Cooke's the morning after their silver day as they get up bright and early to be in place on the high school field by 6 am.

Originally the Cooke's were planning a romantic getaway, but soon cancelled their plans when they heard about the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the flame at close quarters:

'I was planning a surprise trip away but then realised that there is so much happening with the Euro football championships, the Olympics and everything that is taking place in Hethersertt that we decided to stay at home,' said Mr Cooke.

Julie was in full agreement about cancelling any possible trip, however. 'It's going to be a great summer here at home and we realise all the hard work that has gone into bringing the flame to Hethersett. We felt we just had to support it.'

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On their actual silver anniversary the couple intend going to Norwich to see the torch relay.

Daughters Lauren (18) and Sophie (16) are excited that the flame will be coming to Hethersett High School, where Sophie is currently studying and where Lauren was a former pupil.

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The Cookes are now busy planning a family visit to Ibiza later in the year when all the excitement has died down.

Arrangements have been published for the flame's visit to Hethersett on July 5. The grounds will be open to the public from 5.30am and those attending are asked to be in place by 6 am. The flame will arrive in a two vehicle convoy at just after 6.20am. It will then be securely walked through to where the general public will be congregated on the rear high school field.

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