BARNSLEY schoolchildren have been chosen to form an honour guard to line the route the athletes take into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.

Kings Oak Primary in Wombwell will join 249 other schools from across the UK to make up the 2,000 student Guard of Honour to line the route, holding lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing teams.

They will be supporting the Italian team and have dedicated a day in school before the event to experience the culture, food, language and traditions of the country. LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe said: "For athletes, the Guard of Honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Games and the perfect curtain raiser for the Athletes’ Parade."