A symbolic torch will tour the county of Suffolk from Friday 13 May to Wednesday 1 June in order to herald the start of the Festival of Suffolk and the celebrations to mark HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The torch provides light, symbolising a bright and prosperous future for the county. Its function is threefold:
- to herald the Festival of Suffolk.
- to transmit a message of peace, unity and friendship to the people of Suffolk - to showcase all that is good in Suffolk; places and people.
The torch begins its journey on the county boundary at Brandon and then passes through 250 towns and villages, a distance of over 550 miles before reaching its final destination at the Suffolk Show in Ipswich.
A small team comprising of the rickshaw driver and a support vehicle will escort the torch throughout its journey. The team will keep the torch on schedule and ensure the safe passage of the torch.
Led by the Bury St Edmunds rickshaw team, the rickshaws of Framlingham and Stowmarket will also join in along the route. The rickshaw services are run as charities and offer free rides in their community, to those with mobility and/or social isolation. The idea is to give people the opportunity to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and interact with people.
Communities across Suffolk will be invited to nominate worthy individuals to carry the torch. These could include local heroes or notable characters chosen in recognition for their service to the community.
The torch is currently being made in Suffolk and the design is a closely guarded secret at the moment, but will have great symbolism for the county and the Queen.
Further information on the Torch Relay and other Festival of Suffolk events can be found on the Festival of Suffolk website www.festivalofsuffolk.org