Schools fly the flag to herald the Olympic Games

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SCHOOLS are keeping the flames of enthusiasm for the Olympics burning ahead of the highly anticipated torch relay in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow.

Pupils at St Edmundsbury Primary and Beyton Middle, are among the legions who got into the sporting spirit after hosting their own ceremonies.

At Beyton, each of the 25 tutor groups represented a different country for the festivities, which launched with a dance performance, flag raising and torch lighting.

The school’s 700 children, who donned the five colours of the games, then formed the Olympic rings.

It paved the way for a week of themed lessons and activities including a sports day.

Eight pupils were also given the chance to win tickets to the London Games.

Meanwhile, children at St Edmundsbury, in Bury, were split into four countries and designed flags for their opening ceremony.

A parade of athletes marched through the school before lighting the Olympic cauldron.

Throughout the week, the school was gripped by competitive games and medals were presented during a grand closing ceremony.