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Culdrose helitots join in Olympic Flame celebrations

Published: 15 May 2012

The ‘Helitots’ of Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose (RNAS) are not only excited about the arrival of the Olympic torch, but are planning on stealing the show!

Together with the ‘Little Merlins’ pre-school from Helston, these budding young Olympians will be doing their own torch relay the day of the big arrival. They have even built and painted a gold Jumbo Jet to deliver the torch before their relay commences.

The event will take place at the astroturf at RNAS Culdrose at 10am on Friday the 18th of March. Twelve future athletes will relay the torch to a mock up of London which will include a replica of Big Ben built by the children.

“The children and staff are very excited to be part of such a historic event, we hope this is a memory which will stay with children for years to come”

Helitots were the first naval day nursery, registered in 1994. It provides childcare facilities for service personnel and civilian workers connected with RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, Cornwall.

There will be a variety of Royal Navy, MOD guard and other parents attending the event. RNAS Culdose are currently very busy preparing for the arrival for the Olympic torch, and are are working hard to make sure this important event is well hosted and secure.

SLt Byron Linn said when asked about the event,

“We are all eagerly anticipating the arrival of the torch. I personally feel very privileged to be involved down at this fantastic air station.”


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