Olympic legend Dorothy Hyman and Barnsley torchbearers hail ‘amazing’ experience - VIDEO

THE first people to carry the Olympic torch in South Yorkshire said they would ‘never forget’ the emotional experience of a lifetime.

Legendary athlete Dorothy Hyman was one of the first to bear the flame, running through Lundwood where the crowds were 10 deep.

Afterwards, the 100m silver medallist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy: “It was amazing. It brought back memories of 1960 when I came from Rome and the crowds cheered in Cudworth.

VIDEO: Watch our videio report from Lundwood - including a chat with Dorothy Hyman and Dave Allemby.

“It was lovely to wave to people I knew who I haven’t seen for years.

“The torch relay is just gathering enthusiasm as it goes on.

“It really is catching everybody’s imagination.”

Marathon runner Dave Allemby, who was the first person to hold the flame in South Yorkshire, said it had been a ‘privilege’.

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