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1948 Olympic Torch on Its Way to Hethersett

Olympic Torch Relay comes to Hethersett!

Exactly one year to the date that the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay visits Norfolk on route to an expected, fantastic evening celebrations in the City of Norwich, a Torch Relay involving over 1,000 schoolchildren will take place in the village of Hethersett.

On 4th July 2011, pupils of Hethersett Woodside First & Nursery School, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett High School and Hethersett Old Hall School will take part in a large scale Torch Relay using an original Torch from the 1948 Olympic Torch Relay.

This valuable item has been kindly loaned by Loughborough College to give local children the chance to experience the thrill of an  Olympic Torch Relay first hand.

It is still possible to nominate someone to be a 2012 Torchbearer via London2012.com until 29th June 2011, however, Chairman of Hethersett Olympic Committee, Shane Hull said, "whilst it is possible that there will be some lucky local children who get to carry the Torch in 2012, the Hethersett Relay will give every child attending the four Hethersett schools on 4 July 2011 a unique and exciting opportunity and give them a brief insight into the real thing."

All schools are planning to use the relay in conjunction with their own themed assemblies, activities and other events.

James Carswell , Norfolk County Council`s Cabinet Member for Cultural, Communications & Customer Services said, " The activities taking place in Hethersett are a leading example, not only locally but nationally, of how an area can come together to use the Olympics coming to this Country to bring benefit and excitement to their local community. Whether to encourage visitors to stay in Norfolk before, during or after the Games, ensuring the Olympic Torch is run through the County, or funding or helping support local Olympic themed events that boost our economy or bring communities together, the County Council is doing all it can to ensure that Norfolk benefits from London 2012."

The Hethersett Torch Relay is one of a series of events taking place in Norfolk during July with an Olympic theme. Hethersett is once again heavily involved in Open Weekend, 22-24 July with details of seven events featured on www.hethersett.org.uk, www.london2012.com & www.norfolkcelebratingtalent.co.uk