Torch sparks pupils’ Olympic excitement

St Bega's Primary School pupils (left to right) Cameron Gibson, Aimee Pearce and Cameron Gibson with the torch

St Bega's Primary School pupils (left to right) Cameron Gibson, Aimee Pearce and Cameron Gibson with the torch

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OLYMPIC excitement mounted at a Hartlepool primary school when a replica of the event’s iconic torch passed through its doors.

St Bega’s Primary School, on the Headland, took delivery for a week of the life-like flame which was made by engineering students at St Hild’s Church of England School.

It sparked the youngsters’ interest in the Games which take place in London, in July and August.

And just like the torch relay going on around the country, the replica arrived at the school in a hand-over ceremony.

Each class got to have the torch for a day and did different activities around it.

Teacher Kelly Clegg said: “They loved having it in school. They have all been asking about the real Olympic torch that is going around the country.

“They are keen to see it when it comes to Hartlepool to see how it compares to the real one.”

St Bega’s will join other schools in a sports competition at St Hild’s after half-term.

As well as a full programme of games, the youngsters will also perform a 10-minute slot during an opening ceremony.

After a week at St Bega’s the torch continued its journey of town primaries by going to West View Primary School.