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School Reporters have their say on the 2012 Torch Relay

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School Report 2012: Who should carry the Olympic torch?

With exactly one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, the first information about the route the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will take around the UK has been revealed.

The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on 18th May 2012 and there will be a 70-day Olympic Torch Relay starting at Land's End in Cornwall.

The Torch Relay will travel through towns and cities all over the country, including Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Dover.

The route also includes six island visits - to the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis - before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in East London to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

School Reporters from around the UK share what they think about the Torch Relay and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


I think it is great the Torch Relay and Olympics and Paralympics are coming to the UK. I am really looking forward to it all as I think it will inspire many people to take up sport.

James, 12, Dover College, Kent

I think Phil Tufnell should run with the Olympic torch as he was a great cricketer.

Ajmal, 14, Langdon School, London

I think it'll be really good if the Olympic Torch relay comes to Manchester because it's our town and people can get involved. If it's your country, you feel good about it; you're representing and hosting it all and are part of it.

Beth, 15, Oasis Academy MediaCity UK, Salford

I'm looking forward to the Torch Relay because I think it will bring the nation together and it's good for the Olympics.

Aaron, 14, Bodmin College, Cornwall

I am looking forward to the Torch Relay because it's amazing how the torch has come the all the way from Greece and been to so many different countries before - and is now in the UK.

Ellie, Bartley Green School, Birmingham

I think the Olympic and Paralympic Games are brilliant because they bring nations together.

Lewis, 14, Bodmin College, Cornwall

I'm not really bothered about the Olympics but if the torch comes to my town I'd probably be more interested in it.

Demi, 15, Oasis Academy MediaCity UK, Salford

I am excited about 2012 because, not only does this event come once in four years, it is right next door to us. I think Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar should carry the torch as he is a worldwide sports star.

Meet, 14, Langdon School, East London

School Reporter Beth from Oasis Academy MediaCityUK.
School Reporter Beth is looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
I can't wait until the Torch Relay comes to Great Britain because it's going to be a really big deal and it hasn't been here since 1948. I can't wait until the 2012 Olympics because I'm a swimmer and I would love to go and watch the swimming in London.

Jade, 13, Isca College, Devon

I would like to see my Great-Granny run in the Olympic Torch Relay team as she is 89 years old, fit as a fiddle and with her Zimmer frame could out run me anyday!

Lauren, 11, Lurgan Junior High School, N. Ireland

I would feel really proud and honoured to have such an amazing event as the Torch Relay in my town. I would also feel excited because it would really put Birmingham on the worldwide map!

Lauren, Bartley Green School, Birmingham

I'd love to see Usain Bolt run with the Olympic torch although he might blow it out because he's so fast!

Ferdaws, 13, Isca College, Devon

If the Olympic torch comes to my town I will be very pleased - another chance to wave my Union Jack flag like I did at the Royal Wedding!

Chloe, 12, Dover College, Kent

School Reporter Demi
Demi: "If the Torch Relay comes to my town Iíll probably be more interested"
If the torch comes to my town I will feel happy because the Olympics will be nearly starting and it means the waiting is nearly over! I would like either Justin Bieber or JLS to run in the torch relay because it will be more interesting for young people to watch.

Bethany, Bartley Green School, Birmingham

I would like Kelly Holmes and my mum to be part of the Torch Relay because they have both inspired me to run and to keep going even when it's hard.

Bethany, 13, Dover College

I would want our Headteacher to run with the Olympic Torch as she will be famous one day and it would be really funny.

Seetha, 13, Langdon School, East London

I'm not looking forward to the Torch Relay as much as the Olympics because it isn't as interesting as the actual sports but I think when I find out who is actually doing it then I might be looking forward to it more.

Heather, 14, St Wilfrid's Catholic High School, Wakefield

I'm really excited about the Olympics coming to Great Britain because I'm a really big fan of the Olympics and I do Taekwondo.

Jonathan, 12, Isca College, Devon

I think the Torch Relay is a good idea as it gives ordinary people a chance to be in the limelight.

Matthew, 12, Lurgan Junior High School, N. Ireland



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