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1948 torch cheered on at school

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: May 24, 2012

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Wookey Primary School children cheered as they watched the lighting of an original 1948 Olympic Torch on Monday.

Parent Mike Jones was able to bring an original Olympic Torch from the 1948 London Olympics to the school.

Mike, who works for Pains Fireworks, borrowed the torch from his company which back in 1948, was charged with the task of helping to design the torch and keep the Olympic flame alight.

Mike, head designer for Pains, said: "The torch was used to take the Olympic flame to Torbay, where the sailing was held that year."

Each child held the torch during their morning assembly, while hearing about London's last Olympics.

A ceremonial lighting of the torch took place later that afternoon in front of the whole school.

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