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.
Suggested local heroes will be nominated by their community and it is hoped that all the towns and villages take the opportunity to celebrate and welcome the torch as it transits through their community. Most torch bearers will sit in the rickshaw and so it is suitable for all ages and all abilities. Suggestions should be made to parish councils or via www.festivalofsuffolk.org.
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.
Download the Torch Relay Route Card below:
Torch Relay Route Card | PDF