Giant torch to inspire all

(Left to right) Emma Chivers, Louisa Moth, Kane Beale, Tiegan Cush, Marne Winter and Ellie Middleton present their torch to Sainbury's Farlington assistant manager, Steve Dickinson and Lesley Powell. Picture: Steve Reid (122405-793)
(Left to right) Emma Chivers, Louisa Moth, Kane Beale, Tiegan Cush, Marne Winter and Ellie Middleton present their torch to Sainbury's Farlington assistant manager, Steve Dickinson and Lesley Powell. Picture: Steve Reid (122405-793)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Children from one school were very keen to show that they’ve been feeling the Olympic spirit.

A group of six pupils from Admiral Lord Nelson School, in Copnor, spent six weeks creating a special 7ft high Olympic torch.

But this torch has been made to highlight the Paralympic Games which start at the end of August.

It will be on display at the Sainsbury’s store in Farlington until the end of the Games.

The torch has been constructed from paper, wire and sculpture rock.

As part of the display, children from nearby Solent Junior School were invited to get involved.

The pupils were asked to think about their hopes and dreams and then write them down to be displayed alongside the torch.

And the torch has been a popular attraction for people doing their shopping in the store.

Lesley Powell, from the store, says: ‘We have worked with Admiral Lord Nelson school for a while now.

‘We wanted to do something with them with regards to the Olympics and the Paralympics and to try and raise awareness. So we asked them to come up with that.’

Sainsbury’s will be one of the sponsors of the Paralympic Games.

Lesley adds: ‘It’s just something that we as stores across the region are trying to highlight. We want people to know it’s inconclusive. You don’t have to be able-bodied in order to enjoy sport.

‘The torch looks fabulous. They have worked so hard. It just shows what can be done if children put their minds to it.’