Church bells and cheers for our Olympic Torchbearers

THOUSANDS of spectators have been left glowing with regional pride after our sporting and community heroes lifted our spirits as they carried the Olympic Torch with style and panache across Derbyshire.

After the ultimate sporting symbol was originally lit in Greece in May it has travelled to Land’s End and been paraded through the UK and today, Friday, June 29, the world’s eyes were on our neck of the woods in Glapwell, Bolsover, Calow, Chesterfield, and the Peak District as our Torchbearers dazzled viewers around the globe.

NDET 29-06-12 BE 4 Olympic torch, Bolsover. Kaylet Smedley.

NDET 29-06-12 BE 4 Olympic torch, Bolsover. Kaylet Smedley.

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Olivia Ford, of Dronfield Woodhouse, Leukaemia Research fundraiser Kaylet Smedley, 80, of Chesterfield, and Baslow’s swimming coach Frances Dalrymple-Smith have been among today’s many deserving Torchbearers.

So many more have also filled our hearts with joy and inspiration so we can also embrace the true spirit of the Olympics and face our own personal goals and troubles with the same courage and fortitude as those who carried the torch today.

Derbyshire’s honoured Olympic Torch bearers included the following:


Celeste Houlker, George Rose, Grant Barker, Harry Townsend, John Stamp, Kate Beer, Kate Lord, Molly Mee, Olivia Ford, Shaun Morley, George Marriott.


Adam Gouldson, Hollie Ross, Katy Wilson, Paul Staniforth.


Eloise Spears, Adam Crump.


David Raizada, Kaylet Smedley, Matt Greenwood, Matthew Jefferson, Michele Harrop, Shaun Brailsford.

Derbyshire Dales

Alex Brooks, Andy Marriott, Ben Hope, Claire Illing, Fiona Donnelly, Frances Dalrymple-Smith, Helen Hopkinson, Jason Sarginson, Kate Dewhirst, Kate Marshall, Martin Handley, Megan Mosedale, Michael Turton, Pip Leach, Robert Wells, Scott Hookway.

The torch visited Glapwell about 11.30am, Bolsover about 11.50am, Calow and Chesterfield from 12.25pm and moved to the Derbyshire Dales including Matlock about 1.45pm, and Chatsworth about 3.40pm.

The torch visited Bakewell between 4.20pm to 4.40pm and is currently moving through Buxton and is due in Ashbourne from 6.02pm to 6.10pm.