Suffolk: The Olympic Torch travels through Felixstowe

FOLLOW the Olympic torch as it makes its way through Suffolk.

HUGE cheers greeted the Olympic torchbearers as they arrived at the seaside – with Felixstowe’s streets lined with some of the biggest crowds ever seen at the resort.

The pavements along the two-mile route through the town centre and along the seafront were packed with people of all ages keen to see the flame.

They started arriving more than an hour before the torch was due to arrive, sitting in garden seats at the side of the kerb, as the excitement and the noise steadily grew.

Town Pastors helping to look afer the crowds later estimated that around 12,000 people had lined the streets.

The flame started its journey among the shadows of tree-lined Beatrice Avenue and then as the cavalcade burst into the sunshine of Hamilton Road, there was an enormous cheer as spectators got into the carnival spirit of the event, waving flags, hooting horns, and shouting best wishes.

Nine torchbearers took it in turns to run legs of the route – among them Gold medal swimmer Adrian Moorhouse.

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Each carried the torch, three-sided to mark the three times London has been awarded the Games, 1908, 1948 and 2012, for about 300 metres.

After going through the main shopping area, it went down Orwell Road, Garrison Lane and then along the seafront, before leaving for Ipswich.