Torch relay lights up Olympic run-in

Schools Olympic Torch Relay.'Widdrington Grange pupils Milly Borley, Kelly Stewart, Sophia Lillico, Michael Allan, Luke Guy and Joe Sinclair with the torch.
Schools Olympic Torch Relay.'Widdrington Grange pupils Milly Borley, Kelly Stewart, Sophia Lillico, Michael Allan, Luke Guy and Joe Sinclair with the torch.

YOUNGSTERS throughout Northumberland took part in the Olympic Torch Relay Event yesterday.

Schools in the Ashington School Sport Partnership carried a replica torch for a distance of more than 30 miles, with the challenge running from Warkworth First School down to Ashington, linking schools in the Partnership. Pupils and staff from each school delivered the torch to the next one, either running, cycling or walking. The arrival of the torch at each school also kick-started a sports event for the rest of the pupils.

The aim of the day, which took place during National School Sports Week, was to raise awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games which will be hosted in London next year.

Those involved in the event included Grange View First School, Pegswood First School and Ellington First School.

Liz Armstrong, partnership development manager for the Ashington School Sport Partnership, said: “The arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 gives us a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire and develop skills and qualities in our young people which reflect Olympic and Paralympic values such as determination, respect, equality and excellence.

“We hope that young people across Northumberland will feel part of the Games when they open in London in July next year.”