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Marlborough's burning desire
Pupils at St Peter’s School, Marlborough, look forward to the Olympic torch relay on Wednesday (39164) PICTURE BY PAUL MORRIS.
Excitment is building in Marlborough as the town prepares to welcome the Olympic torch on Wednesday morning.
Thousands of children and families will line the High Street to watch history being made when it is relayed through the town centre just before 11.30am.
New Mayor Edwina Fogg with councillors in ceremonial costumes will form a guard of honour and police will form a “rolling stop” to hold back traffic.
But there is disappointment that none of the four who will carry the Olympic flame through Marlborough live in the town, as the Gazette revealed last week.
The runners taking the flame from College Fields to Marlborough Golf Club are expected to be Eddie Jenkinson, 52, from Royal Wootton Bassett; Iain Perkins, 59, and Sue O’Connell, 47, of Swindon, and Jo Cook, 28, of Hungerford.
Marlborough people will carry the flame elsewhere: David Hemery, who won gold in the hurdles in the Mexico Olympics in 1968 and lives at Fyfield, will be one of those carrying the torch through Royal Wootton Bassett the same day; and St John’s sixth former, wheelchair athlete William Copp, 17, from Hyde Lane, will help relay it in Salisbury on July 21. But this is not deterring children from looking forward to seeing the flame carried through the town before it goes on to light the crucible in the London Olympic stadium on July 27.
St Peter’s School head teacher Caroline Spindlow said: “All of us, the children and the staff, are looking forward to what will be a memorable occasion.”
St John’s School will allow all 1,000 Year 7-10 students (older students are on exam leave) to walk down to the High Street to help ensure the torch bearers get a rousing welcome, while the 214 children from Preshute School will walk into town from Manton and all 150 children St Mary’s Infants School will be escorted by teachers when they walk to the High Street.
Pupils and staff at St Mary’s had a sneak preview of the torch thanks to Year 2 pupil Tom Mundy, who has an uncle in the Metropolitan Police team responsible for the security of the Olympic flame and torchbearers.
The uncle, who the school is not naming for security reasons, went along to St Mary’s in Ducks Meadow on Monday with the Olympic torch, which he allowed Tom to proudly hold.
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