Eight excited Greenlaw pupils take their place at Olympic Park

ANTICIPATION is mounting as we are just a day away from the long-awaited opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and eight very lucky Greenlaw Primary School pupils are there in the centre of things, going through their final rehearsals alongside the thousands of athletes, staff and volunteers.

The Primary 6 and 7 pupils are part of the guard of honour which will line the route as athletes from around the world make their way from the Olympic Park to the Olympic Stadium tomorrow, Friday, July 27, including Team GB led by Sir Chris Hoy.

Games organiser Lord Seb Coe was determined that youngsters would play a part in the whole experience, a decision that has meant that children, like those from Greenlaw, have been given an opportunity they thought they could only dream about.

The primary school was selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme,

Lord Coe commented: “The presence of so many young people at the start of the Olympic Games opening ceremony will continue to show London 2012’s commitment to put young people at the heart of the games.

“For those athletes taking part in the games, the guard of honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Olympic stadium and the perfect curtain raiser for the athletes’ parade.”

The eight pupils couldn’t believe their luck when they found out in May that they would be part of the biggest sporting event ever staged in the United Kingdom. And you can only imagine how they must be feeling now in the middle of it all and only hours away from their big moment.

Most of this week has been spent in final preparations for the opening ceremony and Duns vet Colin Tait, who is one of the team of vets looking after the Olympic horses, was lucky enough to get tickets for the technical rehearsal for the opening ceremony on Monday night.

Remaining true to the spirit of those involved, who have been asked not to spoil the surprise before Friday evening’s ceremony, Colin is not saying anything about the ceremony other than that “it was absolutely amazing”.

“I’ve got masses of fantastic pictures but unfortunately we’ve been told we can’t use anything that shows the facility at the park until it is open to the public,” said Colin.