A lucky group of school children will have pride of place on the Olympics’ opening night after being selected to be the guard of honour for the UAE.
Eight boys and girls from Ling Bob School in Pellon have been invited by the London Olympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) to be part of the opening ceremony plans.
During the athletes’ procession from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium, the students who will join 249 other schools from across the UK for the Guard of Honour lining the route, holding lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing teams.
Ling Bob has been chosen to support United Arab Emirates team after the school impressed LOCOG bosses with their work in the Get Set programme - the official London 2012 education initiative.
Deputy headteacher Dorian Brooksby said the school could not believe the news when they heard. “We were astonished, thrilled and very very excited.
“The eyes of the world will be on the opening of Games and it will be a very proud moment for the pupils and school to be involved among this exhilarating atmosphere.”
The eight students were selected after competitions including an Olympics quiz and ideas on how to support the UAE. They have now formed links with the UAE ambassador in London who sent them some educational material and a ceremonial flag.
Their fund-raising for the costly two-day stay in the capital has just been boosted by a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s (CFFC) Noel John Greenwood Fund. Mr Brooksby said: “It is absolutely fantastic. Without this major contribution we would the position we’re in. It’s so generous.”
CFFC chief Steve Duncan (pictured) said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this group of young pupils fulfil this once in a lifetime opportunity as well as represent Halifax at the Olympic Games.”