Olympic torch celebrations

The torch arrives in the UK today Photo:

Thousands of schoolchildren across our region are celebrating the arrival of the Olympic torch by attempting to break records with a mass dance event. Children all over the world have been learning this big dance for the Cultural Olympiad. Over 200 schools in Yorkshire are performing - the biggest take up in the country. Dances have also been organised in Lincolnshire and Chesterfield. The pupils will dance simultaneously at 1 pm today.

Staff at Barnsley Hospital are welcoming the Olympic torch with their very own Olympic obstacle challenge to raise funds for the hospital. Staff will take part in traditional sports day type events including hurdles and an egg and spoon race.

The ward staff and I are always looking for new ideas for fundraising and the Olympics provide a great platform for it. It will be a good team challenge and will also create a little healthy competition for our ward"

– Vicky Faxon, Lead nurse for Ward 19