Port of Tilbury open up Olympic warehouse for Thurrock primary students
Date posted: 23-10-2012
SPECIAL security arrangements were implemented at the Port of Tilbury on Friday when Year 6 pupils from Arthur Bugler Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope, visited the remains of the Olympic Games in the LOCOG site.
The pupils, who had been working on an Olympic project in the classroom, were given an escorted tour of the sports warehouse where equipment from the Olympic Stadium at Stratford is temporarily being stored before being sold on or shipped to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The youngsters were dwarfed by the 26 tonnes cast iron bell rung by Bradley Wiggins at the Olympic Opening Ceremony and had the opportunity to see items from the Paralympic Closing Ceremony, including the giant grasshopper and the galleon which Rihanna rode on whilst singing “Princess of China” with Coldplay.
Port of Tilbury’s Community Liaison Manager, Lynda Viccars, said: “We are grateful to LOCOG for permitting access to the young children and enabling this visit to take place. The pupils had an exciting afternoon and it will be interesting to see some of their work on this project.”
The teachers left armed with a selection of Olympic merchandise for the children and for the school to display. Headteacher, Ms K Phillips said: ‘I am delighted that our pupils at Arthur Bugler Junior School had the privileged opportunity to be so close to so much Olympic history. They said it was a day they will always remember. Thank you to everyone at Port of Tilbury and LOCOG.’