Pupils on their marks for golden festivities

The Olympic flame on the leg between Stroud and Shurdington. Picture by Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire
The Olympic flame on the leg between Stroud and Shurdington. Picture by Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire

Scarborough is under starter’s orders for its golden Olympic flame spectacle - with the town’s youngsters also ready to shine in the spotlight.

The famous torch will blaze a memorable trail through the town on Monday, with thousands of people set to line the streets to greet its arrival.

However, youngsters from primary and secondary schools across Scarborough will also be taking part in the huge
celeberations.

The golden torch will steam into Scarborough following a trip from Whitby to Pickering on the Sir Nigel Gresley engine.

And scores of pupils are set to take part in a special culture-based show at the Open Air Theatre, with sculptures, singing and musical shows ready to delight the 6,000-strong crowd.

Jenny Hartley, headteacher at Wheatcroft School, confirmed every child would enjoy the festivities.

She said: “The Olympics are great for the country and if we couldn’t get behind it, then it would be very disappointing.

“To see the torch in the town will be absolutely fantastic and terrific for the children too and it is exciting that we can take the pupils out and see the torch.

“It is a very important spectacle for them to see, understand and enjoy.”

Mrs Hartley said the school’s Year Three and Year Five pupils would be attending the Open Air Theatre owing to their work on sculptures and songs respectively.

However, she added the remaining children would not miss out.

She added: “We have also given parents the opportunity to take their children to other vantage points in the town to see the spectacle.

“St Andrew’s Church invited us to go along and watch from there and we are hoping it will be a great spot to view the torch as it passes by.

“The Olympics have formed a really important part of the children’s studies.

“We have already had an opening ceremony and all of the pupils are now looking at six countries who are taking part and learning more about them.”

Jonathan Wanless, headteacher at Seamer and Irton Primary School, also confirmed pupils would be savouring the Olympic celebrations.

He said 50 Year Six pupils, who have made sculptures for the festivities, would be going to the Open Air Theatre.

Mr Wanless said logistical restrictions meant not every youngster from across the school could go out and watch the flame.

However, he added he had authorised half-day absences for children to see the celebrations with their parents.

He said: “Unfortunately, the route does not come close enough to us, but we have got children going to the ceremony and a lot will go with their parents.

“If the route had been closer, then we would have definitely looked at taking the school out to see the flame go by.”

Scarborough Council have announced three new events which will run alongside the torch’s arrival.

Between 11am and 2pm, there will be display skating at Hairy Bobs Skate Park, in Marine Drive, with live music to delight crowds.

There will also be an acoustic music performance at the bottom of St Nicholas Cliff Gardens, in Foreshore Road, between 11am and 1.30pm.

This will be followed by another music performance at the top of the gardens near the Queen Victoria statue once the Olympic Torch has travelled along Foreshore Road.