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13 September 2012

The Olympics and Paralympics have inspired the children at Tollerton Primary School to come up with designs for a special Olympic bench.

The designs, which feature their favourite sports, have been cast in stainless steel and form the centre of the bench in Burnside Grove in the village.

As well as the specially designed bench, the shops frontage has been refurbished and a number of trees have been planted.

The pupils, working along artist Hilary Cartmel, were asked to draw their favourite Olympics or Paralympics sport and the finished design includes diving, wheelchair basketball, rowing, equestrian, gymnastics, cycling and running.

The £56,000 project was funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and supported by local councillor Reg Adair.

Coun Adair said: “This project has improved the shopping area in the village both for businesses and the local residents and I’m delighted with the finished results.

“I must also congratulate the pupils for their creative flair in designing two benches for the village, the Diamond Jubilee one and now one to commemorate a fantastic summer of sport at the London Olympics – fantastic reminders for everyone in Tollerton of what a memorable year it has been.”

Nine year old Stanley Toplass from Tollerton put forward a rowing design and added: “Team GB is always very successful at rowing so I thought it should be represented - and we did win our first gold medal for rowing.”

He added: “The Olympics has inspired me to do more swimming and I’m going up to six times a week.”

Shen-Kai Patel,9, from Ruddington chose wheelchair basketball as it is so exciting and fun to watch and Cameron Butt, 8, from Tollerton selected cycling because he loves Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy and wants to be like them one.

And diver Tom Daley inspired nine year old Elizabeth Irvine from Tollerton to design her drawing.

“I love watching him and I was so nervous when he was diving for a medal. I’m so happy that my drawing was selected so I can show my family my own little piece of history.”

Head teacher Andy Board added: “What a wonderful community project for the children to get involved with. This has been an exceptionally busy year for us and we have two majestic benches within the village to remind us of The summer of 2012.”  


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