Burnham-On-Sea Air Cadet veteran's pride at carrying Olympic Flame
resident Tony Bird's tireless efforts with the Air Cadets led
him to carry the Olympic Torch through Wells this week.
Officer Tony Bird, representing the Air Cadets, has been a volunteer
for the cadets for the past 30 years and joined as a cadet at
the age of 13 before becoming an adult volunteer twice a week.
He has inspired many cadets, firstly in the Middlesex wing and
currently in the Devon and Somerset wing.
he does it all despite having the lower part of his right arm
amputated from a very young age, telling his cadets "if I
can do it, you can too."
who lives in Burnham's Mountbatten Close, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I was extremely proud to carry the torch on behalf of my
organization, nominated by my wife."
day was so so special, it generated excitement and brought people
together. The gleam in the kids eyes when they touched the torch
ran up and down the High Street in Wells twice because I was dropped
off in the wrong place but that made it even more special as I
could please the crowd twice - all I can say is wow!"
wife, Susi, who nominated him, said: "He constantly encourages
youths to be the best they can be. He takes part with cadets,
never expecting them to do anything he can't. This raises eyebrows
as Tony is a lower arm amputee of his right arm."
takes them on expeditions to far flung places, revamping schools,
bridges and raising monies to enable more to go. He has taken
part in pot holing, abseiling, mountain climbing, has been a top
marksman, is Deputy Wing Warrant Officer for the wing and trains