Picture Gallery: The Olympic Torch travels through Reydon

Flags waved, bunting fluttered and children screamed excitedly as the Olympic Torch was carried through Reydon this morning.

Crowds lined the route from Lowestoft Road down to Mights Road, with the largest collection of people on the corner of the two roads with Halesworth Road.

On one side there were rows of local people and the other were around 150 children from Reydon Primary School, Wenhaston Primary School and Edgar Sewter Primary School, in Halesworth.

All of the children were armed with flags given to them from Reydon Parish Council and they shared high-fives with police motorcyclists and cheered every car that drove past before the torch arrived.

Zoe Scotchmer, Edgar Setwer School's school PE co-ordinator, said they had held a competition for 50 lucky children to be taken along to Reydon.

'We chose about eight from each class and they've all be very excited,' she said.

Sue Brinkley, headteacher at Wenhaston Primary School, said: 'The children have been looking forward to it for a long time, and we have done lots of work about it.'

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Families and residents also joined together with flags waving enthusiastically along the route.

Catherine Millward, of Wangford, who was with her daughter Annabelle, 12, said: 'It is fantastic that it has come to Reydon, being stuck out on the east coast it is great to see it here, and the weather has been great.'

The torch carrier was Laura Bird, 19, of Ipswich, and waiting for her run to start outside Oaklands House was her proud father Neil, 49, who was watching on with other daughters Katie, 10, and Daisy, 6, and Laura's university friends.

Mr Bird said: 'I am just extremely proud. She has been very excited about it and looking forward to it for such a long time.'

On the opposite side of the road were all of the residents at the Oakfields House residential home.

Manager Jennie Smith said: 'Everyone has been excited for quite a while, with residents and staff making bunting especially.'

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