Olympic torchbearers relive their 15 minutes of flame

Olympic torchbearer Claire Paczko at Bede Academy Primary Years.
Olympic torchbearer Claire Paczko at Bede Academy Primary Years.

PUPILS at a Blyth school have been getting into the Olympic spirit after being paid a visit by three torchbearers.

Students at Bede Academy’s primary school even got the chance to carry a torch themselves during visits by torchbearers Claire Paczko, April Murphy and Jonny Miller.

All three also told the children about their experiences of carrying the flame through the north east on days 28 and 29 of the relay.

The school’s head of primary years, Irene Watson, said: “To have not one but three torchbearers visit us in school and give so much of their time to the children was incredible, and we are so grateful to Claire, April and Jonny.

“Their visits, and our trip to see the torch relay, have really brought the London Olympics to life for the children.

“For many, it will be an experience they will never forget and has been a huge inspiration to them.”

The torch relay is currently in Dorset on day 55 of its journey to London for the games’ opening ceremony on Friday, July 27.

Claire, 36, of Shiremoor in North Tyneside, carried the flame through Whitburn; Jonny, 26, of Cramlington, ran with it through Whitley Bay; and April, 45, also of Cramlington, took it through Blyth.