Torch snub for Sudbury

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THE Olympic torch will not be coming to Sudbury on its route to next year’s games after the town was snubbed.

Details of where the famous Olympic flame would be visiting on its trip to London 2012 were revealed last week, but unfortunately Sudbury and the surrounding area missed out on the once in a lifetime opportunity.

The news has been greeted by a mixture of bemusement, annoyance and indifference.

Sue Brotherwood, Sudbury Town Council clerk, said: “It is a shame as it would have been lovely to see the torch come here.

“But it can’t go everywhere and we will be putting on a number of events to mark the Olympics which we think will please everyone.”

It was claimed the torch would travel within 10 miles of 95 per cent of people in Britain, enjoying evening celebrations and events in many towns and villages.

However, it appears Sudbury has fallen in the minority as residents in the area will have to journey to Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Colchester or Haverhill for a glimpse of the torch - a symbol of the Olympic Games.

On the Free Press facebook page Johnny Roscoe said he was disappointed his son would not be able to see the flame in the town.

While Lynsey McCarthy agreed that it was disappointing as a lot of people would not be able to witness much of the Olympics due difficulty obtaining tickets for events, so activities in the town needed to be well supported.

“I think it would be a good idea to perhaps do something for the Olympics, afterall, judging by the tickets fiasco, how many people from Sudbury are actually going?

“Perhaps a mini-Olympics between the schools or a public sports day,” she said.

But Angela Hart said she could not see what all the fuss was about.

“It is no big deal really. Colchester is only 20 minutes away,” she said.

A spokeswoman for The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said the organisation had done all it could to take the Olympic torch relay to as many people as possible.

“As much as we would love to it is not possible to take the torch everywhere,” she said.

“We have carried out a massive consultation, which started in early 2010, to take the relay to the widest possible amount of people and our initial plan was that the majority would be within an hour of the relay which has been improved to 10 miles.”

The London 2012 Olympic Games will run from July 27 to August 12, with the Paralympics taking place between August 29 and September 9.