Pupils all fired up for visit by Olympic torchbearer

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YOUNGSTERS have been given a closer look at one of the torches used to carry the Olympic flame through the north east.

Torchbearer Wendy Williams visited the King’s School in Tynemouth to talk about carrying the flame through Blaydon last month after being nominated for her work as an ambassador with the Stroke Association.

The 49-year-old, of Newcastle, met children aged four to 11 and gave a talk about her charity work.

She said: “This is the first time I’ve ever spoken at a school. It was brilliant.

“The children were delightful, and I was quite surprised by their technical questions about the torch, my selection and my work for the association.”

Head of junior school Kate Benson said: “The pupils were fascinated by Wendy’s part in this great sporting event.”

“They have been building up to the Olympics with work in class on its origins in Ancient Greece.”