Olympic torch to come through south Norfolk

The Olympic torch relay will come through south Norfolk as it makes its way around the UK ahead of the 2012 Games.

The 70-day torch relay will begin at Land's End on May 19 next year and travel around the UK before arriving in Norwich for an evening event on July 4.

It will then head to Ipswich the following day, making its way through south Norfolk.

Norwich is one of just 66 evening celebration locations across the UK confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit.

As part of the events LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day's proceedings.

The torch will then continue on to London for the start of the Olympic games on July 27.

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A nomination process will be used to pick the 8,000 torch bearers who will carry the Olympic flame around Britain.

London 2012 chiefs say the aim is for the torch to visit different communities and cultures ahead of the Games.

It will also be used to showcase Britain's towns, areas of outstanding natural beauty and sporting and cultural landmarks.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said: 'The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Norfolk, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area.'

About 95pc of people will be within an hour's journey of seeing the torch, which will travel for about 12 hours each day.