THE Olympic Games came to Linlithgow this week with over 1700 children taking part in the sporting extravaganza.
Lin’Olympics 2012 began in a spray of confetti and sparks at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, filling out the Rose grounds at Prestonfield with competitors and spectators, who couldn’t wait for the games to begin.The sun shone as retired Linlithgow athlete Frank Clement carried the specially crafted Olympic torch on its final leg from Linlithgow Primary (Mexico) to Linlithgow Academy (Great Britain), and on to light the flame at the ‘Olympic stadium’ to the Chariots of Fire theme tune. The 200-strong Lin’Olympic choir sang Take That’s ‘Rule the World’ before a finale of fireworks and confetti bombs scattered the crowd.
Principal Lynda Stobie at Low Port Primary, said: “For the first time I can remember we have all the schools together. There’s real community spirit. It’s been a challenge but everyone has worked so hard. It was all created by Lesley Malone, all the schools have put effort in, and the choir has been busy practicing with music specialist Susan McWhirter.”
P7 Samuel Jack (12) from Low Port said: “It brings all the schools together, and we’ve learned a lot about Turkey who we’re representing.” P7 Rhona MacRae (12) added: “We chose a bee mascot because black and yellow are the school colours and the whole school entered a competition to design it.”
Opening proceedings, Deacons Court Provost Jack Adair said he was glad everyone could experience the excitement of the Olympics, and thanked all those who made it happen. MSP Fiona Hyslop called the event “fantastic”, and after a rousing speech by Linlithgow Primary head David Simpson and a rap from Bridgend Primary, pupils left to compete. Results will follow.