PUPILS at a Sheffield primary school showed off homemade Olympic torches to a lucky swimming instructor who will be carrying the real thing in just a few weeks’ time.
Hundreds of pupils at Ecclesfield Primary took part in a sponsored walk, holding paper flames aloft before getting to meet real-life torchbearer Sue Presad.
Swimming tutor Sue, who is set to carry the torch through Ecclesfield on Monday, June 25, spoke to youngsters about her special role following the walk, which raised money for the school funds.
Catherine Mills, from Ecclesfield Primary’s Home School Association, said every year took part, from reception to Year 6 – and said it was important the youngsters felt involved.
“It’s a big thing for many of these children, they’ll never see an Olympic torch come through their village again,” she said.
“It’s also important to show them the Olympics isn’t just about what’s happening down in London, as well as the importance of keeping fit and taking part in sporting activities.”
Catherine added: “We’re constantly raising money to buy new equipment for the school.
“We have a school council with children as members – they liaise with other pupils to find out what things they want and then put a wish list forward.”