Mike honoured to be chosen as torchbearer

Mike Nicholls from Earls Barton with his letter confirming he is going to be an Olympic torchbearer.

Mike Nicholls from Earls Barton with his letter confirming he is going to be an Olympic torchbearer.

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Mike Nichols says he is looking forward to bringing the Olympics to his village of Earls Barton when he carries the Olympic torch during its trip through the county next month.

Mr Nichols will carry the flame through part of Wellingborough when the torch relay comes to the county on Monday, July 2.

The 71-year-old was nominated by a friend for his involvement in local charitable groups and organisations over the years.

Mr Nichols has been involved with local branches of organisations including the Air Cadets, the Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Force Association, as well as Earls Barton’s Under The Tower drama Group and the village’s Community Speedwatch programme.

He said: “While it’s a pat on the back for me, it’s also a pat on the back for other unsung heroes who do active roles in their communities.

“My son, who is in the Royal Air Force, is taking time off to come up from his base down south to come and celebrate. I think there’s a bit of pride in the village that a member of the village is taking part.”

Mr Nichols said other residents in Earls Barton had been stopping him to congratulate him.

He said: “I have had lots of people who I don’t know who recognise me, I get into situations where I know someone by face and they have come up and said ‘congratulations, well done’.

“People keep saying ‘we would like to come along and support you’. I’m hoping the weather will be nice on the day so everyone will come along and pitch up. It’s going to be quite a day.”

The torch procession will begin in Wellingborough at 11.23am and will travel through Isham at 11.56am before reaching Kettering at 12.07pm. It will go on to Geddington at 2.02pm and will be in Corby at 2.22pm.