School lights the way with Olympic torch-relay

LEADING LIGHT -- Kelly Seaman with the Olympic torch she designed as the relay gets under way
LEADING LIGHT -- Kelly Seaman with the Olympic torch she designed as the relay gets under way

THE SPIRIT of London 2012 is burning brightly at a Hucknall school where more than 350 youngsters took part in their own Olympic torch-relay.

Every child at Leen Mills Primary on Leen Mills Lane completed a circuit of the school as part of the fun-filled event.

Youngsters aged from four to 11 were involved in the relay, which spanned more than five-and-a-half hours.

They carried a torch that was created by pupil Kelly Seaman, who won a school-wide competition to come up with the design.

The aim of the day was to raise funds for a week of Olympic-themed events that will be held at the school at the end of May.

More than £350 was collected through voluntary donations.

The school’s PE co-ordinator, Paul Charlie, said: “The children got a real kick from it.

“I was panicking about whether the weather would hold out and whether we would be able to get all the children involved. But it was brilliant. There was a real buzz around the school.”

The Olympic events will launch on Monday May 28 with an opening ceremony where children from each class will represent a different country, complete with flags.

OUR PHOTOS show (TOP) Kelly with her Olympic torch at the start of the relay and (BOTTOM) Kelly and fellow pupils displayign the Olympic rings — DISPICS NHUD12-0966-3 and 1.