Honoured to carry the Olympic Flame

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The full list of torchbearers to carry the Olympic Flame through the north of the county has been announced.

The organisers of the 2012 London Olympics have released the names of the 36 members of the public selected to carry the torch through Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Isham and Geddington when it passes through the county on July 2.

Teacher Barbara Crowther, 58, who will run in Geddington after being nominated twice by her colleague at Loatlands Primary School, Desborough, Helen Burt and pupil Matt Read, said: “I will feel privileged to carry the torch on behalf of all the unsung people who work tirelessly to make Desborough the tight-knit and fantastic community it is. The fact that someone ordinary like me can get to carry the torch shows that the Olympics in this country is for everyone.”

She is also volunteering with her sister Jenny Hopkins at the volleyball at Earls Court in London during the Games.

Each torchbearer will carry the Olympic Flame 300 metres in a relay.

Parul Patel Noble, 44, a customer service senior advisor for Musgrave Retail Partners, Wellingborough, was chosen to carry the torch through Wellingborough after helping raise more than £4,000 for local charities, including Chelsea’s Angels, Rowan Gate School and Homestart, through the firm over the past seven years.

The mum-of-two, of Upper Havelock Street, Wellingborough, said: “I could burst, I’m so excited. I am really delighted that I have got the route through Wellingborough, I think I am really lucky. There’s a Facebook group for all of the torch bearers where everyone has been chatting, and not everyone has got their home towns.

“I am a bit nervous too. I have joined the gym to prepare for running with the torch.”

Grandmother-of-five Sue Miller will carry the torch through Corby after son Neil nominated her for fostering children for the past 15 years and raising funds for charity.

Mrs Miller, a teaching assistant at The Kingswood School, Corby, said: “I am so proud and honoured to be chosen. I’m Corby born and bred and I think it’s great that the torch is coming through the town.

“I saw a picture of an athlete holding a torch when I was a little girl and dreamed that one day it would be me. My dream has come true.”

Swimmer Alex van Vliet, of Irthlingborough, who will also carry the torch through the town, said: “It’s an absolutely amazing thing to be doing.”