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Torches light the way to celebrations

Published Friday, 06 July 2012

Friday July 13 will be the final day of the Enfield Schools’ Torch relay organised by Enfield Council across the whole borough.

All 90 plus schools have taken part – that’s over 55,000 children and young people.

This event brings two months of Olympic activities in Enfield schools to an end in the newly refurbished QE2 Stadium, where celebrated Olympians, Lord Sebastian Coe and Daley Thompson once trained and competed.

At this grand finale there will be dancing, a choir of 200 children, a parade round the QE2 track, games and competitions.

Over 600 children and young people from 15 schools are taking part carrying their own decorated torches and wearing the colours of the nations they have chosen to support.

During the two month relay, children have made their own torches and flags, learned about the Olympics and enjoyed unusual sports such as fencing and kick boxing.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, "This ambitious event started on 18th May when the torch arrived in the UK. Groups of schools have carried torches through their own localities to nearby parks where they have taken part in games, danced and celebrated."

"It has been a unique event that that has engaged the whole Enfield school community – thanks must go to our schools and to our council staff who planned this. We now finish at the QE2 with a great celebration."

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