Olympic torch relay: Day 36

School Reporters and Blue Peter welcome torch to Burnley


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The Olympic torch continues to travel around the North-West of England today and is making its way from Lytham to Manchester, and School Reporters have been reporting on the torch's journey and the 2012 story.

Throughout the torch relay, School Reporters have been linking up with the Blue Peter production team to report on the torch as well as showcase their home town as part of the programme's Big Olympic Tour.

This week, it's the turn of School Reporters at Sir John Thursby Community College from Lancashire to bring us up to speed with the torch's travels.

And of course lots of other School Report schools have been covering 2012-related stories, and this is the perfect time for us to show them off!

School Report on Blue Peter

School Reporters at Sir John Thursby Community College from Lancashire have been explaining all that the torch has been up to over the last week in their film for the programme, which was broadcast at 0900 BST on BBC Two.

You can see their report in the video at the top of the page!

Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood present another guide to the Olympics, joined by Waterloo Road star Lucien Laviscount and BMX star and TeamGB Olympic hopeful Shanaze Reade.

This week's programme should have been coming from Towneley Park in Burnley, but the torrential rain in the area has unfortunately forced the cancellation of the live broadcast from the park.

Instead the programme will come from the BBC studios in Salford.

"This is obviously disappointing but the safety of the public and BBC staff has to be our number one priority," read a statement from the programme.

"The decision wasn't taken lightly and we apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused."

More reporting!

School Report speak to Elbow

Manchester-based band Elbow have been taken to the public's hearts with anthemic songs like One Day Like This finding a huge audience.

And that ability to connect with a big audience has seen them picked to write and perform the BBC's Olympic soundtrack for this year's Games.

School Reporters from Bury Grammar School Boys landed an interview with two members of Elbow and asked them about the challenge of writing a song that will be heard by virtually the whole of the UK over the course of the event.

Meanwhile, Priory Sports and Technology College in Preston focused on one of the sports that isn't in the Olympics but is still very popular.

School Reporters interviewed John, a veteran cricket league player with 15 years' experience as a cricket coach. John mentioned that cricket and sports in general benefit children through team work, helping them to become familiar with working with others at an early age.

Elsewhere in the UK

Of course it's not just the North West that is on the Olympics trail today.

Stars like Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder and Rizzle Kicks will be taking to the stage today for Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, while Leona Lewis and Jay-Z are also on the bill.

Don't forget...

The BBC's torch relay website at www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay is the perfect place to keep across everything, watch the torch's journey continuously and get full details of the route.

For tips on reporting the Olympic torch relay, visit our special learning resource for some advice on how to cover it when it comes to your area.

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