Pupils from Victoria Park Primary, St Joseph’s primary and Mitchell House, three of the airport’s adopted schools, formed a guard of honour to welcome the flame which will visit all counties in Northern Ireland over the next week.
P7 pupils Louis Cannet from St Joseph’s Primary and Beth Stafford from Victoria Park Primary assisted Olympic heroine Dame Mary Peters carry the flame through the airport.
It was a truly memorable day for the pupils who then mixed with past Olympians and Government Ministers including the First and Deputy First Minsters, Sports Minister and the Secretary of State.
Andrea Gourley, Principal of Victoria Park Primary said:
“We have a very close working relationship with the airport and whilst many of the pupils have visited the airport on several occasions before there was great excitement this week ahead of the Olympic flame arrival!
“For the pupils, I don’t think the importance of what they had to do really sunk in until they arrived in the airport this afternoon and awaited the arrival of flight BA2012. The atmosphere was fantastic.
“It was an incredible honour for the children to be involved and it is an experience they will remember for a very long time to come. I am absolutely delighted that Victoria Park Primary’s strong relationship with the airport extended to this opportunity and we were invited to play such a significant role in these historic celebrations.”
The Olympic flame was flown into the airport on British Airways Firefly flight BA2012, a gold-painted A319 aircraft sporting Olympic livery, carried in a purpose built lantern.
Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport said:
“We were honoured to welcome the Olympic flame to Northern Ireland for what will be remembered as a truly historic day for those that attended.
“I hope the children of three of our adopted schools, St Josephs, Victoria Park and Mitchell House, had a day to remember and I wish to thank them for the valuable contribution they made into a day that has been long in the planning.”
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay ©Kelvin Boyes. Pictured is the British Airways aircraft which brought the Olympic Flame to Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay ©Kelvin Boyes. The Olympic Flame is welcomed to Northern Ireland at the George Best City Airport
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland. Former gold medal winner Dame Mary Peters greeting the London 2012 Olympic Torch at George Best Belfast City Airport accompanied by Louis Cannet from St Joseph’s Primary and Beth Stafford from Victoria Park Primary
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