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Olympic Torch Day 49

Emily Rogers, 18, from Bury St Edmunds says she is nervous but very honoured. Photo: ITV Anglia

Despite the rain and a very early start, crowds gathered in Christchurch park in Ipswich this morning to see the Olympic torch lit from the balcony from the historic mansion house.

The torch stayed overnight in the town last night following its journey into Suffolk from Norwich yesterday (July 5).

The first torchbearer today was 18-year-old Emily Rogers from Bury St Edmunds, who said she was nervous but very honoured and just hoped her outfit would not go see-through in the rain.

Joining her on the balcony was Tommy Smith, Ipswich Town and New Zealand International footballer.

He said he has played to big crowds before but this was the most nervous he has ever felt.

The torch was lit on balcony but flame had to be put out and then lit again at the bottom of the mansion in case it set fire to the historic building.

There was entertainment from Aldeburgh World Orchestra, DanceEast and tai chi as the torch headed off through the park, then through the town of Ipswich before its next destination of Colchester.

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