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should kids have the day of school ?

On 17 Jul 2012 at 10:10am seafordstar wrote:
i think the kids should be allowed to have the day of school to watch this special event !!! what do you think ?
On 17 Jul 2012 at 10:52am Its Not Rocket Science wrote:
Despite only being introduced by the Nazis for the 1936 Games, I can see that the torch relay is now a traditional part of the Olympics and have nothing against it as such. However, as a specatator event, I cannot see why there is all the excitement and hype surrounding it. I am not bothering to take time off work to see it. Furthermore, I think there are going to be some quite underwhelmed kids later today who have been expecting to see what has been billed as 'a once in a lifetime' special event, but only seen a queue of buses and vans with advertising on the side following a 'jogger' down the road! There might have been a bit of local interest had the torch bearers been prominent Lewes citizens, however it seems that those who are from Lewes are having to do it elsewhere! Where is the sense in that?
On 17 Jul 2012 at 10:52am someone else wrote:
As far as I'm aware, all kids in Lewes have been allowed off school.
On 17 Jul 2012 at 11:33am Mum wrote:
My 6 year old has been allowed to take the afternoon off from 1 pm. It was not compulsory and he could have stayed at school (South Malling). Eddie Kidd will carry the torch through Lewes and he is from Peacehaven and raised over 100K for charity doing (walking) the Londpon Marathon. Are miserable lot going to begrudge him his moment?
On 17 Jul 2012 at 12:01pm Its Not Rocket Science wrote:
I am not begrudging Eddie Kidd from having his moment, I just don't see why everyone is so excited about watching him having it! Can you name any of the other 'Lewes' torch bearers meanwhile? I doubt it very much so I will help you out. Apart from Tom Glenn, who it turns out is actually from Lewes, the rest are :-
Lisa Brack, 41, from Munich
Benjamin Feist, 20, from Staines
Gabriella Rogers, 12, from Horsham
James Kirby, 18, from Eastbourne
Lauren Dolbear, 18, from Hove
Nick Webborn, 55, from Eastbourne
Steve Mcmenamin, 45, from Hurstpierpoint.
Has anybody ever heard of any of these people, or know why they have been selected to carry the torch in Lewes? The route goes through Eastbourne this afternoon, so why are people from Eastbourne carrying it here? Surely they would have preferred to carry it in their own town?
On 17 Jul 2012 at 12:16pm someone else wrote:
As far as I'm aware, each torch bearer gets a couple of hundred yards. There's nothing I can find to say who carries it where. Be a shame if Eddie Kidd gets the first bit from Earwig Corner and no-one sees him.
On 17 Jul 2012 at 12:36pm Mum wrote:
For one thing the torch is not going through every town/village in the UK, so that would exclude a lot of deserving people. The torchbearers were nominated. Some of the people you have named have probably raised a lot of money for charity, excelled at something, or overcome some personal adversity. Just because we have not heard of them does not make them unworthy. Would you rather a Z list celeb did it? Bill perhaps??
On 17 Jul 2012 at 12:43pm Southover Queen wrote:
I do wonder why local folk aren't running in their local town though. I know one local man ran last night in Arundel - not even in the same county - and his run wasn't featured on the local news either. The same goes for the person from Eastbourne - it seems a shame that his own community can't celebrate with him.
On 17 Jul 2012 at 1:01pm Clifford wrote:
It doesn't interest me in the slightest - but of course kids should get the day off school to see it. These are the kinds of things you remember when you're older and bore your children and grandchildren with - and why not?
On 17 Jul 2012 at 1:05pm Me wrote:
is a Crustie from North street going to carry the torch too?
On 17 Jul 2012 at 3:58pm Its Not Rocket Science wrote:
@Mum - Please read my post again properly. I am not saying anyone is un-deserving of carrying the torch. I am also not saying that anyone is unworthy for the job, I was merely asking if anyone knew why they were selected. Furthermore, I was not saying I wanted z list celebrities, just that there must be deserving people locally that would be honoured to carry it through their home town AND the people who turned up to watch might actually have some idea who they were and why they were doing it. It just seems a bit stupid to me that two people from Lewes are carrying it outside of Lewes and/or the county, and two people from Eastbourne are carrying it in Lewes. I have nothing at all against people from Eastbourne, but surely they would prefer to do it in their home town as well. As for Lisa from Germany - well that is another question!
On 17 Jul 2012 at 5:02pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Maybe if kids spent more days at school they might learn how to spell "Off" properly and use capital letters correctly.

Just saying...
On 17 Jul 2012 at 8:05pm the old mayor wrote:
Personally, I find kids quite 'savvy' these days and yes, they'll soon wonder why they were told that would be such a wonderful OIAL (once in a lifetime!) experience. They will completely ignore it but I expect once they reach 80 years old they might be brave enough to tell people !!
On 17 Jul 2012 at 8:19pm Morrigan wrote:
A friend of mine took his seven year old twins. Their response when the torch had passed? "Is that it? Can we go home now?"
On 17 Jul 2012 at 11:52pm Lopster wrote:
Morrigan you miss the point...
They will remember it, and tell their children, and their children's children
Unique day - to be celebrated
On 18 Jul 2012 at 10:32am I have a question wrote:
Does anyone no how much it cost for the torch to come to lewes ? I was gob smacked when i heard it cost more than 10.000. please someone tell me this is not true ?
On 18 Jul 2012 at 12:03pm Mum wrote:
get over it please. In the grand scheme of things it's not that much....how much did the people who visited Lewes spend in the town?????? A lot more than 10,000 I bet...
the atmos up by Malling School was fab.... way before the torch passed through..
On 18 Jul 2012 at 12:35pm Its Not Rocket Science wrote:
I would not imagine that many of the people up by Malling School spent anything Mum, and those that were in the town probably didn't spend much either. Why would local people have spent any more than they normally would on a tuesday afternoon?, and after paying to park and maybe buying something from a burger van (neither of which benefit Lewes) I don't suppose many out of towners spent much either. You also have to take into account all of the trade that Lewes lost by having the town closed off for a big chunk of the day. All I can say is it's a good job it is a 'once in a lifetime' event.
On 18 Jul 2012 at 12:56pm Rosy Bottom wrote:
well if all those people that came to Lewes did not benefit the town and only bought burgers from vans, can i also suggest that Bonfire night is also a waste of time?
On 18 Jul 2012 at 12:57pm Pert Nips wrote:
Totally agree with you Rosy Bottom
On 18 Jul 2012 at 1:19pm Big Dick wrote:
On 18 Jul 2012 at 1:40pm Silky Thighs wrote:
Far too many grumpy old farters on here
On 18 Jul 2012 at 4:08pm brixtonbelle wrote:
Rosy - you might suggest that, but the point of bonfire night is NOT to bring trade to the town. It's an historic event for Lewesians to commemorate principally the 17 protestant martyrs burned alive in the town during the Maryan persecutions and now celebrates religious freedom and freedom of speech. The bonfire societies would prefer that the huge numbers of incomers/crowds it attracts don't attend.
On 18 Jul 2012 at 4:31pm someone else wrote:
Oooh, BB, get you - you're starting to sound like a 'proper' Lewesian!
On 18 Jul 2012 at 4:57pm brixtonbelle wrote:
is that a compliment, someone else ?

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