Islands’ Schoolchildren Create Own Start To Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch begins its 70-day round-Britain relay today, starting from Land’s End.

But even though a campaign by Island Tourism to get our islands included in the procession failed, pupils from the Five Islands School have managed to create their own “starting leg” for the torch, here on Scilly.

Yesterday morning, six children from the Judo and Football clubs ran the short but steep journey from the school to the airport to deliver their own, hand-made version of the flame. The torch was then sent to Land’s End aboard a Skybus plane.

Lewis Johnson, who carried the torch, described the run as ‘easy’ but thought he might have gone off a bit too fast. He was joined by Tara and Zoe Hitchens, Tom Glenn, Jack Vaughn, Cameron Hicks and mum, Ce Hicks.

Helen Glenn who organised the run said it’s a great tribute to Lesley Thomas and Duncan Graham who are the two representatives from our islands taking part in the official relay this weekend. Duncan is the chair of the football club.

She said the flame was “transported in style” to the airport by the children and says, tongue-in-cheek, that she hopes they scrap “the fancy torch” and run with the kid’s version.

Helen said everyone has been helpful organising the event, including the police, the School and the Steamship Company.