Bridlington girl given role in Olympic ceremony

Lily May Grainger, 7, is to play a role in Hull's Olympic ceremony.

Lily May Grainger, 7, is to play a role in Hull's Olympic ceremony.

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A BRIDLINGTON girl is set to be involved in an Olympic ceremony as the torch passes through the region.

Lily May Grainger, seven, will be involved in the ceremony marking the torch’s overnight stay in Hull on Monday evening – after the torch has passed through Bridlington – which will see the Olympic Cauldron lit.

Lily was chosen as she was born on December 20, 2004, and became part of the Olympic Games’ Children’s Promise, which meant that every child born on that day – the date 20/12 during the Olympics bid – was to be involved in a major event.

Around 700 children nationally were part of the promise.

The date was chosen as 2012 Day and London’s bid was submitted the following month.

Lily’s mum Sarah said: “Lily is really excited to be involved in the ceremony, she can’t wait to be up on the stage and to be part of it.

“Obviously it is a shame that nobody from Bridlington is carrying the torch here, but it is nice that someone from the town is involved in the torch route in some way.”

The Burlington Infants School pupil will be invited on stage at the Hull event as part of a group of Children’s Promise youngsters from across the region, and will take part in the ceremony which will see the Olympic Cauldron being lit as the flame stays overnight in Hull.

“I’m not sure exactly what Lily will be doing but just seeing her up there and being involved will be a proud moment and one we all look forward to,” said Sarah, who will watch on with her husband John and Lily’s younger brother Owen, four, along with their grandparents.

Lily – who has been receiving themed birthday cards and gifts from Olympic Games organisers since she was born in 2004 – will receive a certificate to commemorate the day and has also been invited to the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in London.

After the torch passes through Bridlington and then Beverley on Monday, it will end in Hull on Anlaby Road at around 7.10pm.

An evening of family entertainment has been planned for the torch’s arrival in the city in West Park.