Route the Olympic Torch will take through Norfolk unveiled
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.
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.
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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
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