Olympic relay banner countdown

Mayor John Blackburn, with Beth Storrey, the England ladies hockey team goal keeper, and members of Scarborough College hockey teams, unveiling the Olympic Torch relay banner, which will be hung on Filey Road, outside the College, counting down the days until the torch arrives in Scarborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121076b 09/03/12
Mayor John Blackburn, with Beth Storrey, the England ladies hockey team goal keeper, and members of Scarborough College hockey teams, unveiling the Olympic Torch relay banner, which will be hung on Filey Road, outside the College, counting down the days until the torch arrives in Scarborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121076b 09/03/12

EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the Scarborough area in June.

It is due to go past Scarborough College, in Filey Road, and to mark the occasion students have set up a large roadside banner which will count down the number of days until its arrival on June 18.

Isobel Nixon, the college head, was joined by England Olympic ladies hockey goalkeeper, Beth Storry, Scarborough Mayor Cllr John Blackburn and Cllr Derek Bastiman to officially launch the banner.

Year nine students from Scarborough College and Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering were also on hand to hold the banner at the launch.

Chris Barker, the college’s director of sport, said: “Scarborough College is very excited about the torch coming to Scarborough.

“As a school we really enjoy our sport and the Olympic year is a great time for all our pupils to take part in as much sport as they can.

“The Junior Olympics here at Scarborough College will be a great celebration of sport in Scarborough.”

Beth Storry went on to give students a hockey coaching and training session after the banner was launched.

The college will host the Olympic event for schools on June 20.