December 12 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Villagers had the chance to see a torch from London’s last Olympics in 1948 on Sunday in the build-up to the forthcoming London Games.
James Shaw, 17 and Joe Mather, 19, both students at Easton College in Norwich, carried one of 1,700 torches produced for the 1948 Games around Rockland All Saints and Rockland St Peter on Sunday morning before arriving at Rocklands Playing Field at noon where Rocklands Primary School was holding a special Olympic-themed fete.
The torch visit was arranged by Stefan Clifford, sports development officer at Breckland Council and Marie Reidie, school games organiser for the Breckland School Sports Partnership, who is based at Hockwold and Methwold Community School.
She is involved with the Flames: Lighting the Way project, which uses Olympic and Paralympic values to teach sport to children and was contacted by the project about organising a torch run with one of the original 1948 torches, which was being kept at Loughborough University.
She said two apprentices at the school were linked to the university and travelled to pick up the torch to be parade around parts of the Breckland district which were not going to be visited by the torch for the forthcoming Games, which is currently travelling around the country and will be visiting Norwich on July 4.
“It brought a bit of the Olympics to parts of Norfolk which were not on the current torch route,” Marie said.
A plaque was also unveiled in honour of the ‘Fields In Trust’ Queen Elizabeth II Field, which is set to benefit from National Lottery funding to develop additional sports pitches.
The fete also included a barbecue, Royal Garden Chinese Noodles, a bar, Olympic style traditional races, bouncy castles, football, games, competitions, raffle and tombolas.
A village cricket match was also due to be held, but the festivities had been affected by heavy thunderstorms and rain showers early in the morning.
Sarah Good, secretary of Rocklands Primary School, which organised the event, said between 20 and 40 people had turned up for the fete despite the bad weather.
The 1948 torch also visited Attleborough High School over the weekend.