When Suffolk caught Olympics fever in the build-up to London 2012
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As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics inspire the nation, we're looking back at the excitement in Suffolk ahead of London 2012.
For several years before the event, schools, clubs and sports centres around the area joined in the big build-up.
Pupils at Heath Primary School in Kesgrave got involved in several Olympic-themed projects, and were successful in a competition to design a velodrome.
The school also created an impressive wall of tiles, featuring messages from all pupils and many sporting personalities.
This was officially opened by Sir Keith Mills, deputy director of the London Olympics, in 2008, on his third visit to the school.
Director of the London 2012 Olympics Lord Seb Coe also visited Suffolk the following year. The running legend visited Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, to find out how the Olympics were inspiring a new generation of talent.
And Olympics nostalgia was in the air at Amberfield School in Nacton, where students dressed up for a 1912 Olympics event in 2011.
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