caroline and the torch

Last week we gathered round the big telly and watched with pride as our Caroline carried the Olympic Torch at Aysgarth Falls in Yorkshire. Caroline's a Scout leader with the 31st Islington Scouts, which she and her fellow leaders set up from scratch nearly three years ago.

caroline and the olympic torch
A mix-up on the application form meant that Caroline was down as a “mystery” torch bearer, leading the locals to think she might be Kevin Costner returning to the place he filmed Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. If they were disappointed they didn’t show it though, as they turned out in their masses and even managed to lure out the sunshine to cheer her and her fellow torch bearers on. Caroline received the torch from 89 year old Maurice Collett, who's been hugely inspirational to hundreds of young athletes in Kendal, and passed it on to Lucy Gale, winner of a Pride of Britain award for saving the lives of some people involved in a car accident on a level crossing.

caroline with the swaledale mountain rescue team

Caroline and the entire Swaledale Mountain Rescue team (they insisted)

To Caroline and the other 7999 torchbearers out there – thankyou for making us so proud, you're doing a brilliant job.