East Norfolk Sixth Form College staff and students were able to view not one but two torches when torchbearers returned to College following the relay through Great Yarmouth and Southwold.
One of the College’s staff, Lee Aldred, age 31, who is the College’s Management Accountant carried the flame past Great Yarmouth’s Town Hall and across the Haven Bridge. Lee was nominated by Terri Kemp, also a member of staff at EN and this was in recognition of his charity fundraising. Lee has undertaken the London Marathon and Scotland Coast 2 Coast in order to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and MacMillan Cancer Support and always welcomes sponsorship from staff at the College, particularly when he sported a moustache during the month of November! Lee was especially proud to carry the flame though his home town: "What an honour it was to carry the flame past the town hall and to hear the crowd, particularly the College students who had come to support me."
Dayle Edwards, age 17, one of the College’s students from Beccles was also given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch on Thursday 5th July in Southwold. Dayle was nominated by her 82 year old ballet teacher and her somewhat younger karate instructor! Dayle’s parents own and operate a local business and with her parents, she helps to collectively organise, fund and participate in charitable works. But Dayle, formerly a student at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, is in her own right an active young citizen who supports and teaches juniors at the various clubs and sports teams she belongs to including ballet, karate, scuba diving, motocross, Duke of Edinburgh and her former school’s ECO Council. Dayle was totally taken by surprise when she learned of her nomination: ‘I was the youngest torchbearer in Southwold and all the children were cheering from the Primary School. Afterwards they all had their photos taken with me and just to see the look on their faces made it so memorable. It was an amazing day.’
Jake Warman and Jake Minshull, Public Services Students at the College, were both helping to steward the event. They are hoping to work as stewards at the Olympic Games so this was good experience. They were in prime position at the Market Place and they had to deal with the large crowds who had gathered. This was their first such experience of stewarding. Jack said that at first he was quite nervous but soon settled into the role and was able to enjoy it. Jake added, "The build-up was really exciting as more and more people crowded around and the noise levels built up".
Staff and students all had a chance to view the torches on Friday. Lee made a surprise appearance at staff briefing with his torch much to everyone’s delight including Terri his nominee, and Dayle wore her uniform and took her torch into her Biology class for another round of photographs with her classmates.