Today the students of Droitwich High School were given the special opportunity to share in the Queen's Baton jounery across England. Joined by Commonwealth gold medallist Gail Emms the school twinned with Ramjas school in New Delhi put on a spectacle including Bollywood dancing and an Indian sports festival with other local schools.
The day opened with a special assembly for Year 8, attended by the Lord Mayor of Droitwich Spa Maureen Lawley and other local dignataries. The students of Ramjas school sent a special message of support to Droitwich Spa which was broadcast in the assembly. Connor Foweraker Droitwich Spa's young ambassador, introduced Gail Emms who shared with the assembly the special experience of competing at the Commonwealth Games; and how proud she felt to win gold, silver and bronze medals at the Games in Melbourne. The specialist sports college and sixth form centre also welcomed emerging British cylist Emily Kay and canoeists Jonny Tye and Emily Lewis - some of the stars of the future giving the students motivation and inspiration to excel at sport.
A festival of sport followed led by Droitwich Spa young leaders. 40 students from other partnership schools also with links to India participated in the showcase of Indian sports Kabaddi and Pithu.
The day ended with the Baton being taken into the community paddled by schoolchildren along the newly renovated Droitwich canal before being run through the streets of Droitwich to be handed to the Mayor to complete its journey for the day.
Birmingham City Council and the Youth Sports Trust have combined forces to create a community schools day, including open top buses, displays from English Elite Gymnasts and Weightlifters. The event finishes with a show and fireworks in front of the council offices.
On Wednesday and Thursday look out for Roger Black sharing his Commonwealth Games experiences on national TV and radio with appearances on Talksport (Wednesday) and on the Alan Titchmarsh show on Wednesday.