Pupils hold their own torch relay
SCHOOL pupils in south Bristol took part in their own Olympic torch relay as part of World Sport Day.
A replica of the torch was carried by children from Bedminster Down School to Bishopsworth, Greenfield, Victoria Park, Parson Street and Cheddar Grove schools yesterday before returning to its starting point.
As the torch arrived at Victoria Park Primary School, pupils lined nearby St John's Lane, held aloft homemade flags and cheered.
Children at the school sang songs from the different nations being represented at the games at a ceremony attended by Bristolian Paralympic sailor Blaire Hannan, 22, who carried the torch on a boat in the city's Floating Harbour in May.
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In the afternoon, the pupils performed dances from different countries as part of an opening ceremony, with gold, silver and bronze medals being presented to the best dancers.
Awards were also presented to pupils who had created the best Olympic torches at home.
Laura Mullin, a PE co-ordinator at the school, said: "Everybody said what a lovely day it was."
Across the city, former Olympic sprinter Jason Gardener visited an event at Millennium Square in the city centre.
An opening ceremony was conducted and various activities took place as part of World Sport Day.