‘Stunned’ mum will carry Olympic Torch

Hilary Brooker-Carey.
Hilary Brooker-Carey.

AN Amble mum has admitted she was ‘stunned’ after being chosen to carry the iconic Olympic Torch, saying: “Things like this don’t happen to me.”

Proud Hilary Brooker-Carey will raise the Flame aloft during the prestigious Relay event in the summer.

The 54-year-old was nominated by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) – having volunteered for the charity on Coquet Island for more than 20 years.

Hilary will carry the Torch in Whitley Bay, when it visits the Tyneside town on the afternoon of Friday, June 15.

Hilary, who lives on Church Street, said: “It is a real honour.

“I am nervous but I am really excited.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet and I didn’t expect this to happen.”

Hilary, who works for the Coquet Shorebase Trust, said her two adult daughters – who grew up in Amble but now live in Wales – are hoping to come and see her moment in the spotlight.

The Torch is visiting Amble on the morning of June 15 – something which Hilary believes the community will embrace and enjoy.