Norfolk’s own Olympic torch unveiled at University of East Anglia

A symbol of friendship, the union flag and a Norfolk landmark have come together to help celebrate London 2012 and the arrival of the Olympic torch in the county.

More than 200 people entered Active Norfolk's Friendship Flame competition earlier this year to design Norfolk's own Olympic torch which will be part of the Village Games.

The winning design combined the elements of the top three entries by Langham Village School pupils Tilly Betts, Abbie Williamson and Bethany Everitt, Stalham High School student Victoria Allen and Maggie Prettyman, from the Hickling Barn Charity.

It has now been made into six stainless steel torches - one for each district involved in the Norfolk Village Games - which are set to travel 946 miles across the county.

The finished flames were revealed at the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia yesterday.


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Ellen Vanlint, Active Norfolk's sports development project officer, said: 'It's really good to see them in the flesh. Hopefully the level of excitement from the winners and the Village Games sports coordinators will now spread to all the villages.'

The six torches, which feature an electronic fan to make the flames flicker, feature hands and people linked in friendship, a union flag medal and a windmill.

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They will now travel to schools across the county and will be at Village Games roadshows.

Victoria, one of the winners, said: 'I can't believe my drawing was selected out of all of the entries. The Friendship Flame is fantastic and I can't wait for it to visit me at school later in the month.'

The Village Games will see communities across the county compete against one another in a range of sporting events ahead of the grand final at the Sportspark on Sunday, July 15.

As well as the Friendship Flames, a giant jigsaw is currently being made for the final where each village involved is decorating one of the 100 jigsaw pieces.

Pupils from Framingham Earl High School, Rockland St Mary and Surlingham Primary School also joined together to sing an anthem inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values. The song, The Spirit of the Games, will be broadcast for the first time on July 15.

Have you got an Olympics Story? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk.

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