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Schools to celebrate a flaming good time

Published Wednesday, 02 May 2012

As the Olympic torch arrives on British soil on Friday 18th May, Enfield will take this as its cue for its own school torch relay.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services, will cut a ribbon and start the relay in Edmonton at St John & St James primary school at 10am sending 311 pupils carrying their own crafted torches through Edmonton’s Fore Street to Pymmes Park where they will dance and celebrate.

Cllr Orhan, said, "All our schools have entered into the spirit of the Olympics. This is the first leg of the relay that includes 98 schools across the whole borough – that’s at least 55,000 pupils and students. This is a superb way for us to mark the London Olympics and something that our young people will remember."

Schools have been clustered into groups and each leg of the relay will finish at a local park. The relay will stop at nine parks over a two month-long period ending Friday 13th July at the QE2 Stadium in Donkey Lane, Enfield.

As primary children make their way to their allocated parks they will not only carry their decorative torches, but they will also carry the flags of one of the nations that their school has adopted for the occasion.

Wearing sports clothes or national costumes and with painted faces the children will be accompanied by older sports leaders from secondary schools.

Heather Knightley, headteacher at St John & St James, said, "We are delighted to be taking part in the relay. Our classes have been working so hard on their torches and enjoying learning about the Olympics. The relay will bring some excitement, inspiration and fun to the local scene and we are thrilled to be at the start of it here in Edmonton ."

Enfield Council’s PE team has organised the relay. Team manager, Jan Hickman , said, "The response from all Enfield schools has been terrific and we are looking forward to seeing these torch parades throughout our borough."

At each park there will be a mammoth decorated torch with five smaller decorative torches will be displayed with ribbons to mark each school taking part. All events start at 1pm and end at 3pm.

Relay stops

  • Friday 18th May: Pymmes Park, Edmonton.
  • Friday 25th May: Broomfield Park, Palmers Green.
  • Friday 1st June: Grovelands Park, Winchmore Hill.
  • Friday 15th June: Bramley Park, Southgate.
  • Thursday 21st June: Enfield Town Park, Enfield Town.
  • Friday 29th June: Ayland Park, North Enfield.
  • Friday 6th July: Durants Park, Ponders End.
  • Monday 9th July: Jubilee Park, Edmonton.
  • Friday 13th July: QE2 Stadium, North Enfield.

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