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Foundation pupils cheer on the Olympic Torch

On Monday 25th June 2012, pupils and staff from all the schools of the Foundation lined Wentworth Street to celebrate the journey of the Olympic Torch through Wakefield.

The flame arrived on Wentworth Street shortly before 11.30am to cheers of delight from the crowd.

Officers on bikes high-fived pupils and members of the public, who had been patiently waiting at the roadside, and street sellers and clowns provided street entertainment.

Matthew Greaves (32 years) from Huddersfield, in recognition of his work with the Calder Valley Search and Rescue, enjoyed the privilege of running the Olympic flame down Wentworth Street to the changeover point in front of WGHS.

Chants of “Harry” were screamed by the excited crowd as Harry Crowther, 13, of Mirfield, took hold of his torch in front of Wentworth House. Harry has a genetic disorder – Aytipical Progeria Syndrome - which means he is aging five times faster than his peers.

The chance to get a glimpse of the flame as part of its relay across the country ahead of the London Games next month was certainly a once in a lifetime moment , and it was wonderful that our pupils could witness and enjoy this historical event.

Earlier in the morning, WGHS student Sophie Carrigill was honoured to carry the flame through Dewsbury. Sophie was nominated due to the courage, drive and spirit she has shown following the injuries she sustained in a serious road traffic accident in 2010.

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