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Olympic torch: Paralympic champion Giles Long carries flame

  • 5 July 2012
  • From the section UK

A speedboat ride and a visit to the UK's most easterly point were among the highlights of day 48 of the torch relay as it travelled from Norwich to Ipswich.

British swimmer Giles Long, who has won 20 major championship medals including three Paralympic golds, began the 120-mile journey at Norwich Castle.

The flame also visited Ness Point and the beach huts at Southwold.

At 17:49 BST a speedboat took the flame on the River Orwell from Foxes Marina to Ipswich Marina.

Retired swimmer Long, whose greatest achievement was setting a world record to win gold in the 100m butterfly at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, started the day's relay when his torch was lit in front of Norwich Castle's battlements.

The 35-year-old overcame cancer - having two years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and numerous operations to treat a bone tumour - to achieve his sporting success, which includes three Paralympic gold medals.

In Lowestoft Gillian Smith, an active volunteer for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, carried the flame past Ness Point, the most easterly point in the UK.

Richard Game passes the flame to Torchbearer Caroline Emeny in front of the Southwold beach huts

Karen Booth also carried the flame in Lowestoft. Ms Booth was selected for her work inspiring more than 2,500 young people this year to be part of their community and take active roles in supporting others. She also runs two youth centres and supports five others.

About an hour later the relay visited the brightly coloured beach huts at Southwold, which line the promenade above the sandy beach.

At 14:14 BST the flame was taken to the park near Crag Path by Sarah Corbett, who set up the World Youth Orchestra in Suffolk in 2001.

When the relay reached Foxes Marina, torchbearer Shane Hull boarded a speedboat and carried the flame to Ipswich Marina.

Mr Hull is chairman of the Hethersett Olympic Events Committee, a working group set up to galvanise the local community into engaging with the Olympics.

An evening celebration is taking place at Christchurch Park, featuring entertainment from rock band Morning Parade and dance act Twist and Pulse.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

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