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Suffolk Show 2013: Olympic and Commonwealth stars on hand at Sports Village to inspire young and old alike

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 29 May 2013

Suffolk Show 2013 Day One

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One of the most popular areas at Wednesday’s Suffolk Show was the sports village.

Youngsters and adults alike defied the drizzly conditions to try their hand at a range of activities.

There were more than 30 different sports, including cricket, golf, judo, tennis, rugby, athletics and archery.

Suffolk’s very own sporting stars were also on hand to inspire people to get active, including Olympic handball star Louise Dukes, double Commonwealth gold medal archer Nicky Hunt and bronze medal winning Paralympic power lifter Zoe Newson.

There was also a “dance zone” and various demonstrations, including a parkour and gymnastics display from Felixstowe’s Escape Reality.

Olympic torch bearer Amy Linton, 19, from Bury St Edmunds, who carried the flame through Ipswich, also spent time talking to visitors.

“It’s been really nice,” she said. “It’s the first time that I’ve had the torch our for a while but people are still very interested.”

People could also get information on the various activities across the county, including the Fit for Villages programme, Cycle Suffolk and Community Games.

Tony Bush, business development manager for Suffolk Sport, said: “It has been very good. It’s been incredibly busy and we have lots and lots of different sports for people to try.

“Whether it’s one they play regularly, or something they’ve never tried before, there’s something for everyone. The aim is to try and encourage people to get a bit more active, it’s all part of the legacy from London 2012.”

The fine but cold weather was expected to attract thousands of people to Bury St Edmunds today for the annual Christmas Fayre.

It was a frosty start to the day for many people across Suffolk and North Essex who had to get out their scapers and clear their windscreens.

An Ipswich bar manager who was assaulted by her former partner when she was 25 weeks pregnant is today backing an international campaign to end male violence against women.

A new charity has launched in Suffolk tonight – and what they are hoping to do has attracted the support of Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber and the county’s gaming community.

Investigations were due to start today into a blaze which broke out in a high rise block of flats in Ipswich, last night.

Investigations were continuing today into a blaze which broke out in a high rise block of flats in Ipswich, last night.

Police have officially stood down their response to an incident in central London.

Ipswich council’s executive is set to confirm the compulsory purchase of two homes in the town on Tuesday.

Two children witnessed a man committing a lewd act in an Ipswich park, police have revealed.

Witnesses are being sought after cash and jewellery were stolen during a daytime burglary in Capel St Mary.

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