School invited to form Olympic guard of honour

Olympic Visitor: Barton Seagrave Primary School, Wenlock the offcial mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games visits. Wenlock in school assembly joining in with dancing, answering questions and saying hello to the pupils. ''Monday 28th May 2012

Olympic Visitor: Barton Seagrave Primary School, Wenlock the offcial mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games visits. Wenlock in school assembly joining in with dancing, answering questions and saying hello to the pupils. ''Monday 28th May 2012

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Eight pupils will give athletes their first taste of the Olympics after being invited to form a guard of honour for the competing nations as they walk to the stadium.

Barton Seagrave Primary School, in Belvoir Drive, is one of 249 schools to be invited to line the route to the Olympic Stadium as athletes take part in a procession ahead of the opening ceremony at the start of the Games.

Teacher Rosemarie Whitman said: “We are absolutely thrilled and so honoured.

“The whole thought of being there cheering on the athletes as they walk to the opening of the games is brilliant.

“When we told the pupils there were gasps of amazement.

“We’ve been active in celebrating the Olympics and I think that is why we’ve been invited.” The school will cheer on all the nations but have chosen to welcome the Moldovan team with colourful banners. They will head to the capital on July 27 for the big celebrations, and will also tour the Olympic Park.

The school was awarded £6,600 in March to host Olympic-themed games by the London 2012 Olympics education programme Get Set, and has hosted several sporting events in the community since.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said: “For athletes, the guard of honour will provide a stunning welcome to the games and the perfect curtain raiser for the athletes’ parade.”