County gearing up for Olympic torch

NDET 12-06-12 BE 7 Olympic torch bearer, John Stamp from Waingroves.
NDET 12-06-12 BE 7 Olympic torch bearer, John Stamp from Waingroves.

With just over two weeks until the Olympic torch passes through Derbyshire the county is gearing up to be part of the historic spectacle.

Community champion John Stamp will be one of the 8,000 inspirational people nominated to take part in the relay.

5 children representing Bolsover schools with their design for the olympic torch. Erin Carter, front, then Crispin Gell and Callum Judge, Thomas McEwan on back row with Katie Heaps

5 children representing Bolsover schools with their design for the olympic torch. Erin Carter, front, then Crispin Gell and Callum Judge, Thomas McEwan on back row with Katie Heaps

Former policeman and NHS worker John 63, will carry the iconic flame through Chesterfield ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

He is one of 11 remarkable torchbearers chosen to take part in the historic spectacle on Friday, June 29.

John, who is originally from Chesterfield but now lives in Waingroves, said: “It’s a fantastic honour and I’m so excited.

“Chesterfield was my home town. I was born there, went to school there and my family still lives there so it is quite special for me.”

John, of Queen Street, chairman of his village’s successful woodland trust said he was ‘over the moon’at being picked for the once-in-a-lifetime honour.

He led a campaign which saw villagers purchase 12-and-a-half acres from a cement company and transform them in to a community wood.

He will run a 300-metre leg of the journey on Walton Road.

Alfreton Male Voice Choir, which John is a member of, recently presented him with a full-size handmade torch.

He said: “I feel very proud and do feel like a celebrity in some respects.”

Youngsters have also been embracing the Olympic spirit – by designing their own torchs.

Bolsover District Council and Bolsover District School Sport Partnership organised the competition to build awareness in schools about the London Games 2012.

Over 1,500 children entered representing over 30 per cenr of primary school pupils in the district.

The five winning pupils were Erin Carter, 7, of Clowne Infant School, Crispin Gell, 8, of Duckmanton Primary, Thomas McEwan, 8, of Scarcliffe Primary, Katie Heaps, 14, of Shirebrook Academy and Callum Judge, 10, of Town End Junior School.

Judges said they showed imagination and creativity and reflected the history and heritage of their community.