The Olympic Torch made a surprise visit to the delight of pupils here at West Buckland yesterday afternoon (21st May). Fresh from carrying the torch through Ilfracombe, former pupil and member of the London 2012 Organising Committee Jonathan Edwards was greeted by hundreds of excited pupils.
The main school drive was lined with Union Jacks as we welcomed the former Olympic, European and World Triple Jump champion who still holds the world record for his 18.29m jump set at the World Athletics Championships in Gothenburg in 1995. Jonathan attended the school from 1976-1984.
Headmaster, John Vick said: "We are delighted that Jonathan was able to bring the Olympic Torch to the school. Our pupils had been told to prepare for a surprise visitor. They gave Jonathan a really warm welcome and it is fantastic they were able to share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch."
Jonathan Edwards said "I love this place and it is always good to come back. London 2012 is about inspiring a generation of young people through sport and it's been amazing to see the reaction of young people today, both along the main relay route and here at the school. It's been an amazing privilege to carry the torch".