Stoke & Staffordshire

London 2012: Olympic invites sent to Stoke schools

Schools across Stoke-on-Trent have been invited to take part in an Olympic parade as part of the Torch Relay celebrations for the London 2012 Games.

The city council wants each school to represent the countries taking part in the Games and to join a street parade.

Pupils will be asked to make costumes, flags and hats to represent their school's adopted Olympic country.

Belgrave St Bartholomew's Academy has been chosen to represent Team GB for the Torch Relay parade on 30 May.

In recognition of its status as the host nation school, former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew will visit the school for a training and coaching session on 1 February.

Goodhew won the 100m breastroke gold medal in an individual event, and a bronze medal for his part in the 4 x 100m medley relay for Team GB at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

The Olympic Torch is due to reach Stoke-on-Trent during the evening of 30 May, and a parade will start in Shelton and finish at the celebration site in Hanley Park. The torch will then leave the city on 31 May.

Up to 100 dancers and 100 percussionists are due to take part in the parade to help create a carnival atmosphere, and letters have been sent out to each school inviting them to take part.

Every child taking part in the parade will receive free tickets for the evening celebrations in Hanley Park. The closing date for entries is Monday.

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