Youngsters to sing on route

Pupils from Barnard Grove Primary School practise their singing
Pupils from Barnard Grove Primary School practise their singing

PRIMARY school pupils will be singing loud and proud when the Olympic Torch is carried through Hartlepool this weekend.

The youngsters at Barnard Grove Primary School, in the town, have been getting in the Olympic spirit all year with various activities and projects.

And the school’s Glee club are set to mark the momentous occasion as the torch arrives in town with a 30-minute performance at the roadside on Sunday morning.

The youngsters who make up the Glee club have been practising hard for weeks in preparation.

And Year 2 teacher at the school, Naomi Stangroom, said the children are counting down the days until the arrival of the iconic flame.

Mrs Stangroom told the Mail: “The torch coming through Hartlepool is a once-in-a-lifetime thing so we wanted to mark it by doing something on the day.

“We have a real passion for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their values, so to see the torch and be part of the occasion is absolutely fantastic.”

The youngsters will be performing from 10.30am opposite the Saxon pub, in the Clavering area of Hartlepool, for around 30 minutes.

The torch is due to come into Hartlepool via Easington Road at 11.01am and will then pass the pub at 11.11am.

Mrs Stangroom said the youngsters will be performing a selection of modern songs.

She added: “We are hoping a lot of the parents come along on the day as well.

“It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere, we are really looking forward to being part of it.

“The children are all really excited, they have been giving up their lunch breaks to practise.”

Sunday isn’t the only Olympic-themed activity the youngsters are looking forward to.

On Friday the school is setting up its own Olympic Torch Relay as it hands over a flame, designed by the students at St Hild’s CE School, to St John Vianney RC Primary School.

And 35 lucky Barnard Grove pupils are actually going to an Olympic event after the school got tickets for a hockey match in the capital.