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O is for Olympics

Torch Relay

Sixteen towns and villages in Suffolk extended a warm welcome to the Olympic flame as it made its way around the UK on a 70-day journey to the London 2012 Games.

As the Torch Relay arrived in Suffolk on 5th July it journeyed through the county hosted by Lowestoft, Wrentham, Reydon, Southwold, Kelsale, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Wickham Market, Ufford, Melton, Woodbridge and Felixstowe and ended the day with an evening celebration hosted in Ipswich.

Not only did the relay include villages, towns and cities along the route, it also took in hundreds of important landmarks; from the famous to the unexpected; natural to the man-made; historical to the modern. In Suffolk this included Southwold’s iconic beach huts.

Southwold torch relay, 2012 (A5360)

The torch bearer in Southwold was Caroline Emeny from Laxfield.  Caroline has also recorded her impressions and memories for our permanent archive for the 2012 Olympic Legacy in Suffolk.  The collection is held at the Ipswich Record Office under the reference A5360.