Suffolk: Most memorable weekend in British sporting history sends Suffolk into Olympic fever

OUR golden Team GB heroes have brought the feelgood factor to Suffolk. That was the verdict of sporting icons, politicians – and even the pub trade – who believe the Olympic effect has resonated throughout the county.

Suffolk and the rest of the nation is on a 2012 high today following one of the most astonishing weekends in British sporting history.

Team GB bagged six gold medals on a stunning Super Saturday while another two were added to the total yesterday courtesy of tennis ace Andy Murray and sailing sensation Ben Ainslie.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, who has just returned from holiday, said the Games had been a complete success.

“It’s clear that abroad everyone thinks we are doing a fantastic job and on returning to London it just all looks amazing,” he said.

“London is full of so many nationalities and it’s exciting to come back and see we are third in the medal table.”

MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Dr Dan Poulter said he hopes the Olympics will inspire people to take up new sports and exercise more.

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“We have an opportunity to make a real difference, to inspire a generation and improve lives,” he added.

Olympians have been roared on by patriotic fans who have been heading to pubs and bars across Ipswich and Felixstowe to watch competitors gunning for glory.

Crowds of people have been flocking to Bar Sport in Great Colman Street, Ipswich, to celebrate Great Britain’s successes in the Olympic Games with friends over a pint.

Kayla Cage, who works in bar management, said: “Olympic fever has completely taken over everyone.

“I couldn’t say how many people have come in to watch it but crowds have been here. We’ve always got an offer on too.”

The bar has been showing all the Olympic coverage much to the delight of punters. Stars including heptathlete Jessica Ennis, tennis player Andy Murray, 10k runner Mo Farah and sailor Ben Ainslie took gold for Great Britain over the weekend while numerous silver and bronze medals were also won.

In Felixstowe, The Grosvenor pub in Ranelagh Road is screening as much of the Games as possible for customers on its three televisions.

Barmaid Laura Pattinson said: “Olympic fever has hit the pub and we are pretty busy.

“There’s a huge buzz about the place and the Olympics is all people seem to be talking about.”

- What are you doing to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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