Select few have five minutes of Olympic glory

Torchbearer Jean Boyle , from Thropton, carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Chirnside and Berwick.
Torchbearer Jean Boyle , from Thropton, carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Chirnside and Berwick.
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As the Olympic Torch Relay travelled through Northumberland and beyond, towns and villages came out in support but it was a select few who really had their moment to shine.

Torchbearers young and old were put in the national spotlight as they carried the iconic flame as part of its journey to the London 2012 opening ceremony.

James Boyd with his flying torch.

James Boyd with his flying torch.

Just 14 people from north Northumberland were given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the relay.

And for them it was a day they won’t forget in a hurry.

Alan Craft, 65, from Embleton, carried the Torch through Duns on Thursday.

He said: “It was fantastic, better than I thought it was going to be. The support was wonderful.

“And the atmosphere in Bamburgh later on was tremendous.”

Chris Hedley, 22, from Seahouses, ran in Newbiggin where he now lives, with friends and family out to support him.

“It was absolutely brilliant, it was just a brilliant day. The atmosphere was amazing,” he said.

Kate Charlton, 18, from Longframlington said she ‘felt like the Queen’ on her leg through Foulden.

James Boyd, 24, from South Broomhill, said it was a ‘buzz’ to carry the flame through North Shields on Friday.

He said it was an ‘unforgettable day’ and an ‘absolutely unbelievable experience’.