Pupils planning to join Olympic party

Ellis Watts and Emily Swannel with primary children Danielle Mitchell, Alex Costas, Jorja Osbourne, Lily Jeffs, Emily Pedlar and Charlie Southon at Newton Road Primary School, Rushden
Ellis Watts and Emily Swannel with primary children Danielle Mitchell, Alex Costas, Jorja Osbourne, Lily Jeffs, Emily Pedlar and Charlie Southon at Newton Road Primary School, Rushden

Being left out of the official Olympic Torch procession has done nothing to dampen the spirits of hundreds of school pupils.

East Northamptonshire has not been included in the official tour route but that does not matter to pupils in Rushden and Higham Ferrers who are arranging their own torch relay to mark the 2012 Games.

Hundreds of children and young people are involved in the event which will include a torch relay around the 13 schools in the area, starting from Henry Chichele Primary School, in Higham Ferrers, and ending at the Pemberton Centre, in Rushden, where there will be a mini-Olympic games led by sports leadership students from Rushden Community College.

Extended schools services co-ordinator for Higham Ferrers and Rushden, Jo Holmes, said: “The children are really excited about the Olympics and are looking forward to the procession.

“Each school is designing their own torch for the event and there will be 12 pupils from each school taking part in the relay.

“The youngest pupils will just be walking from their school to the next school but the older ones will do the whole route and everyone will meet up later at the Pemberton Centre for the games – there should be between 150 and 200 pupils taking part.

“We’ve also arranged for some pupils who have done well in their attendance and attainment levels to see the Olympic torch when it visits the county on July 2 as a reward.”

The event is due to start at 9am on Friday, June 29, and pupils should reach the Pemberton Centre at about 2pm.