A chance to shine
Published on 2nd July 2012
With thousands of people expected to line the route as the Olympic Torch comes through Waveney next Thursday, Council Leader Colin Law is asking communities to make it a day to remember.
The torch will begin its journey on Thursday in Norwich and will cross the border from Norfolk in to Suffolk for the Waveney leg of the relay. The 'build up' will begin up to an hour before the Torch appears with sponsors' vehicles travelling the route to hand out free gifts to those waiting for the Relay to pass.
The torch itself will then arrive in Lowestoft at approximately 10am, heading along the historic High Street before turning down to Ness Point and back up to London Road North and the main shopping area. After Lowestoft the Torch heads through Wrentham, Reydon and Southwold with a special lunchtime stop at Saint Felix School.
It's going to be a day to remember and Cllr Law is very excited by the prospect. He said: "This will be on the most memorable days in the lives of our local communities and I hope as many people as possible come out to enjoy it. Seeing the torch will be vey special, but just as special will be the opportunity to share this experience with thousands of other people who are rightly proud of their towns and villages."
Everyone who wishes to attend is also asked to be aware of the preparations that have been made to ensure the day goes smoothly. An event of this magnitude is bound to cause disruption to traffic and travel in the area on the day with, for example, the A12 through Lowestoft closed between 9.30am-11.30am. Cllr Law added: "Please give yourselves plenty of time to get to your chosen vantage point as there is bound to be disruption to traffic and travel on the day."
Meanwhile, Cllr Bruce Provan, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Economic Development praised the efforts of those who have worked hard to make this day a success. He said: "Many of Waveney's teams have been working closely with the London 2012 organising committee to help create a day to remember and I am very proud of all their unseen and unstinting work. The logistics of an event of this magnitude are mind boggling."