Norfolk youngsters chosen for Olympic guard of honour

Norfolk youngsters will be part of a guard of honour for athletes making their way through the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Three Norfolk schools and the Norwich City Football Club Study Support Centre, which is run by Norfolk County Council in partnership with the football club, are amongst only 250 schools from across the UK who will take part in this once in a lifetime experience on July 27.

At the start of the athletes' parade, during the athletes' procession from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium, the students will join other schools from across the UK and make up a 2,000 student guard of honour to line the route.

Holding lanterns and banners, each Norfolk school will support one of the 204 competing teams.

Children from the study support centre will cheer on the Zimbabwe athletes, pupils from Brundall Primary will cheer on the Finland team, and Cringleford Primary will cheer the Switzerland team.

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St George's Infant and Nursery School in Great Yarmouth was picked as the lead school in Yarmouth for a collective schools Olympic project involving St Nicholas Priory, Alderman Swindell, Greenacre, Northgate, Great Yarmouth High School, North Denes and John Grant. They will cheer on Brunei Darussalam.

Brundall Primary headteacher Rick Stuart-Sheppard said: 'We're really delighted to be part of this special guard of honour.'

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