Gallery: Schoolchildren embrace Olympic spirit with very own torch procession

HUNDREDS of youngsters from six primary schools have joined forces and entered into the Olympic sprit by hosting their very own torch procession.

The famous flame is expected to attract thousands upon thousands of spectators when it makes its way through Suffolk on Thursday.

Not to be out done youngsters at primary schools in Easton, Earl Soham, Charsfield, Dennington, Framlingham and Wickham Market are staging their very own event over the next week.

Each day the children will take their specially designed torch to a neighbouring school using a different form of transport.

It kicked off yesterday when Cecilia Hayward took the torch from Easton to Earl Soham in her father’s tractor.

On Monday the torch will go from Earl Soham to Charsfield in another tractor before making its way to Dennington in a fire engine on Tuesday.

On Wednesday a fire engine will take the torch to Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School in Framlingham, before heading across to Wickham Market Primary School on a vintage fire engine on Thursday.

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Around 1,000 youngsters from all the primary schools involved are expected to arrive around 1.30pm - just in time to see the real torch pass through the village.

The six schools, which have all being doing work centred around the Games, will also host Olympic style events throughout the week.

Yesterday that included a variety of sporting activities for youngsters from years 3 and 4 from Earl Soham and Easton.

Sally Wilkinson, headteacher at Easton, said they were delighted to be hosting the first stage of the relay.

She said they had been doing a lot of work surrounding London 2012 - including a series of assemblies focusing on the Olympic values.

Joanne Stanley-Bell, headteacher at Wickham Market, said: “All the schools have planned this very carefully.

“The opportunity to get together with other primary schools in this way helps the children to understand how working together can enhance their experience.

“It will be wonderful to see so many children waving their flags to welcome the Torch and to know that we are joining with our community to celebrate the Olympics.”