Burnham-On-Sea residents selected as Olympic torch bearers
charity runner Jason Vickers is among several local people who
have this week been officially announced as torch bearers in this
who has raised more than £11,000 for charity over the past
seven years, will be carrying the flame through Glastonbury during
the Olympic Torch Relay on May 22nd.
Tony Deahl and Tony Bird will also be carrying the flame through
Wells on 22nd May.
Katrina Doyle, 13, from Burnham will also be carrying the torch
through Dunster on 21st May.
community gardener Sarah Milner Simonds, pictured below, is also
amoing those chosen and will be carrying the flame through Dunster
on May 21st.
Burnham triathlete Arthur Gilbert will also be taking part, as
we reported here,
by carrying the flame through Minehead on May 21st.
Dot Reaney, 85, from the village of Mark, near Burnham, has been
selected to take part by carrying the flame through Washford on
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a great honour to have been
picked and I'm really looking forward to taking part - it will
be an exciting day!"
Arthur told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am really thrilled to
have been picked - I was so pleased to receive the official email
confirming that I will be taking part. It will be such a memorable
day and I hope lots of people will come out along the route."
Olympic Flame will arrive from Greece on 18th May 2012 and an
8,000 mile Torch Relay will begin at Lands End on 19th May
before travelling across the whole UK in 70 days.
that the Olympic Flame would come through Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge
were dashed last year with the unveiling of the route, as we reported
made its way up through Cornwall and Devon, the Olympic flame
- which will be carried by an average of 115 torchbearers each
day - will arrive in Taunton for an evening celebration ceremony
on Monday May 21st.
that day, it will have headed over Exmoor, passing through Porlock,
Minehead, Dunster, Carhampton, Washford and Williton. On Tuesday
morning, the torch will depart Taunton and head through Ilminster,
Yeovil, Ilchester and Somerton on its way to Street and Glastonbury.
there, torchbearers from across Somerset will carry the flame
through Coxley, Wells, Croscombe, Shepton Mallet and Frome. The
route then heads through Southwick, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon,
Bath, Bitton, Longwell Green and Hanham before arriving in Bristol
for another evening celebration.
final torchbearer will carry the Flame into the Olympic Stadium
during the Opening Ceremony on 27th July 2012 when the cauldron
will be lit, and the Games will be opened.
From top, Burnham's Jason Vickers, Sarah Milner Simonds and Arthur
Gilbert who have been selected as torch bearers