Sir Patrick Stewart to carry Olympic Flame to Croydon school

Sir Patrick Stewart will carry the flame in Croydon

Sir Patrick Stewart will carry the flame in Croydon

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

Sir Patrick Stewart will be carrying the Olympic Flame when it arrives at St Andrew's School on Monday.

The actor is best known for his portrayal of Captain Jean-luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Sir Patrick, 72, is expected to arrive at the Warrington Road school with the torch, at about 12.50pm.

There will then be a break in the torch relay over lunch, before the flame leaves to continue its journey at about 2pm.

Sir Patrick has been praised for bridging the gap between Shakespearean theatre and contemporary film and television.

In 2001, he was given an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list, and in 2010 he received a knighthood for his services to drama.

The Olympic torch's visit to St Andrew's is particularly exciting for staff and pupils, because the song Carry the Torch, which was sung at the start of the flame's 8,000 mile journey, was composed by Ian Rae - a teacher at the school.

Headteacher David Matthews said: "The students were already excited at the prospect of hosting the Olympic Flame and now they are even more thrilled such an illustrious celebrity will be bringing it to their school."

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