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The third round of people who will be taking part in a giant cross-county torch relay as part of a festival celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee have been revealed.

The relay, for the Festival of Suffolk, will begin in Brandon on May 13 and pass through 250 towns and villages, over 550 miles in distance, before finally reaching the Suffolk Show in Ipswich on June 1.

Following the first and second rounds of people in the last two weeks, the third list of torch bearer names has now been revealed:

Samuel Skinner
Samuel Skinner

Samuel Skinner

Samuel Skinner is the Chairman of Brandon Town Council and will be carrying to torch on Friday May 13.

He will take the first section of the Brandon tour, handing the torch to Andrew Dean to finish.

Andrew Dean
Andrew Dean

Andrew Dean

Andrew is a year 10 student who has played an active role in his school council for many years.

He is school council chair and leads meetings with 20 students on a regular basis, arranging different events and fundraisers.

Andrew is also working alongside members of the Senior Leadership Team to introduce a new approach to how the school council operates within the school.

David Peck
David Peck

David Peck

David Peck, who will be carrying the torch for Newmarket, is a local duathlon champion who started cycling in 1947 and rode time trials until 1999.

He started his duathlons, which include both running and cycling, at the age of 66 but had to stop in 2013 following two blackouts while out on his bike.

Mr Peck said: "I have missed it, but I enjoyed every single day I was doing it.”

Ben Lord (56647459)
Ben Lord (56647459)

Ben Lord

Ben Lord, carrying the torch for Ixworth, is being recognised for his services as an Ambassador for Atrial Fibrillation.

He was able to detect the condition in over 100 people at Covid and flu vaccination centres which, those nominating him said, had life-saving consequences.

Joan Key
Joan Key

Joan Key

Representing Haverhill, Joan Key was born in 1937 and is a key member of the community.

The 85-year-old remembers listening to Coronation Day on the radio and watching it on the newsreel in the cinema.

She recalls how her next door neighbour, who later became her husband, was on duty with the RAF on Coronation Day and said she was 'a lot smaller than expected'.

She will carry the torch for Haverhill alongside Eileen Towns, who was nominated by her great, great, granddaughter Faye.

Mark Miller
Mark Miller

Mark Miller

Mark Miller will carry the torch for Boxford on May 19 in recognition of his assistance to the community throughout Covid-19.

He said: "I am very humbled to be nominated for an award. It was clear to me from the outset of the pandemic that there was a need to provide support and help for those who were self-isolating or had mobility difficulties.

"I feel honoured to have been able to assist with delivering prescriptions and to be available for anyone who needed support."

Carl Douglas
Carl Douglas

Carl Douglas

Carl, a former BT worker and tennis coach will be carrying the torch for Bramford.

He was nominated to be a torch barer for the 2012 London Olympics and, now retired, coaches at clubs in Suffolk including Bramford.

He has helped to turn the club around with over 150 members and a thriving junior base and has won a Suffolk LTA Development Coach of the year award.

Reverend Tony Wilcox

Tony has been nominated for his work for the Church in Sproughton. He and his wife ran the Mother and Toddlers Group for years and also run a charity based in Russia.

Their charity can be found here http://caringhandsru.org/.

Margaret Baker

Margaret will be carrying the torch for Coddenham. Those nominating her said she has worked 'quietly' in the background for many years including baking cakes for sale in the community shop.

Derrick Thomas
Derrick Thomas

Derrick Thomas

Derrick Thomas will be carrying the torch for Ipswich Whitton alongside his 5-year-old great-grandson Titus.

Janice Gant

Janice Gant has been nominated to carry the torch for Hitcham on Sunday May 22.

The Hitcham Parish Clerk said of Janice: “She is the heart of the village and knows everyone here. She is a bell-ringer, has helped in the shop and the post office. A lovely lovely lady."

Derrick Haley
Derrick Haley

Hayley Pollard and Derrick Haley

Hayley Pollard will start off the relay in Thurston. She is Booking Secretary for the Cavendish Hall and is described as always happy to lend a hand to anything.

She is also a Primary School Governor and at one time was also on the Friends committee.

She will hand the torch over to Derrick Haley who was a District Councillor for the ward of Thurston and was Deputy Leader of Mid Suffolk for 6 years and Leader of the Council for 6 further years.

Mike Favager
Mike Favager

Mike Favager

Mike will carry the torch for Mendlesham. He is known in the area for a can-do attitude and working hard to help others.

A former Parish Councillor, Mike was the parish’s NHS First Responder for several years and described as a local 'angel' helping deliver prescriptions during the pandemic lockdowns.

He is Secretary to Mendlesham Charities and the originator of the local camera club.

Paul Durbidge
Paul Durbidge

Paul Durbidge

Paul was a founding member of the Lowestoft Museum over 50 years ago and will carry the torch to represent the volunteers.

He also discovered fossils on Pakefield Cliffs that took human life in this area to 700,000 years ago and is still active within the Museum.

Archie Muir
Archie Muir

Archie Muir

Archie Muir, an Ormiston Denes Academy School pupil, will leave Ness Point in Lowestoft at 9am on Saturday May 28 and head towards Kessingland.

An Ormiston Denes spokesperson said: "Through his 5 years with us Archie has supported many community events, including HMD and Remembrance Day. Even in lock down he was part of the Council virtual recorded events.

"He directed and performed in the Suitcase 1938 at the train station in 2020, to highlight Kindertransport in town. He is also currently directing and performing in an academy production, for a community audience, of A Mid Summer Nights Dread, to promote and raise money for LGTBQ+ charities.

"Finally he is our head boy and has had 5 years of supporting and participating in a good number of social action initiatives and fund raising days."

Erin Allen
Erin Allen

Erin Allen

11-year-old Erin will carry the torch for Aldeburgh after being nominated by the primary school.

In 2020, she swam the length of the English Channel in her paddling pool to raise money for the NHS and last year she helped to organise a fundraiser for UNICEF Afghanistan.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander will be representing Rushmere in the relay.

He is known to many as the Wildlife Gadget Man and has spent the last 15 years designing wildlife camera systems for individuals, schools, conservation organisations and TV.

He also runs an award-winning blog sharing his wildlife adventures and did a 24 hour litter-athon for Cancer Campaign for Suffolk on the weekend of Clean for the Queen.

Jason said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be nominated as one of the torch bearers for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations! I’m just one of many who love where we live and try to keep it clean and tidy for the rest of the community so to be nominated is a true honour.”