Reliving glory of Olympics

Pupils Harrison Fensome, 13, and Damon Mitchell, 17, with mascots from Blackpool Pleasure Beach at the event.
Pupils Harrison Fensome, 13, and Damon Mitchell, 17, with mascots from Blackpool Pleasure Beach at the event.
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The Olympic Torch returned to Blackpool as part of a bid to inspire the next generation of young athletes.

The torch, which carried in the relay before last year’s London Games, belongs to the former chairman of UK Sport, Baroness Sue Campbell.

She is hoping to reignite excitement in sport with the Lead Your Generation Olympic Torch Relay, which will see the torch tour schools across the country over the next two months.

And Highfurlong School is the only school in Lancashire to be selected as a host, so all schools in the town were invited to see the torch once more.

The school’s Lead Your Generation co-ordinator, Sharon Todd, said: “We are immensely proud to be the school chosen as the stage school for Lancashire.

“When the torch came to Blackpool the first time, the weather was so bad a lot of school events were cancelled - we were supposed to do a gym display - so we wanted to make today extra special for young people to see Sarah Campbell’s torch. We want to create our own legacy for students in Blackpool.”

Two students from the school were selected as torchbearers to bring it into the school grounds. Each school in the town was invited to send five pupils who had excelled in PE and school sport over the last year to join the celebrations.

The school had to send a bid in to be considered as the torch’s Lancashire host, detailing why it believed it was the best to carry out the event.

Mrs Todd said: “It’s such an honour to have been chosen to represent the North West.

“The torch started off in Devon, we sent it off to the North East and it will finish in Hampshire.”

The torch will travel through 18 counties in England, visiting 20 schools.

It started at the beginning of May at St Luke’s Science and Sports College in Exeter.

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