Hethersett's Olympic Torch
Hethersett has its own
The village, which over
the past three years has been holding its own celebrations in support of
the London 2012 Olympic Games and which was honoured with an Olympic
Inspiration Award in 2010, has been working with Hethersett High School
and Science College to produce its own torch.
“Earlier this year,
Hethersett Parish Council commissioned the school to design and
manufacture a torch to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame in the
village on July 5th,” said parish councillor and chair of
Hethersett Olympic Committee Shane Hull.
“The STEM (Science) After School Club under the stewardship of teachers Mike Newell and Mick Nunn started the project by challenging the pupils to create an original design which could not incorporate the Olympic Rings or associated symbols.
There were many brilliant
designs, all previously displayed in the village library, which were
whittled down to three and
eventually the winning design was created by Lauren Boswell-Riches,” Mr
Reggie Loveday with the torch
The High School then made
a prototype of the Torch from scale drawings and set about manufacture.
They had help from the village Blacksmith - Reggie Loveday, who sourced
and manufactured the stem from stainless steel. The handle was turned at
school and appropriately made from Oak.
For health and safety reasons, it was decided that the Torch would
not be able to have a real flame, instead an innovative
internal system gives the impression that the Torch is lit by means
of clever use of acrylics.
The Hethersett Torch will
also feature at Hethersett’s Open Weekend from June 22nd to
24th and take pride of place in a special "Opening Ceremony" to
be held at the Royal Norfolk Show on June 27th and 28th.