December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Olympic Flame visited England's largest city on day 33 of the relay, and was carried by the author of the Horrible Histories books.
The Torch was taken 134.48 miles from York to Carlisle by 85 torchbearers, including author Terry Deary.
Carlisle has an area of 1,039.97 square kilometres, making it the largest city in England by area.
The first torchbearer of the day was Jessica Hoggarth-Hall, from York, who started with the Flame at York Minster. She was selected for overcoming her dyslexia through regular participation in drama activities. Jessica celebrated her birthday on the day she carried the Torch.
Josephine Loughran carried the Flame on the Scots Guardsman from the National Railway Museum in York to Thirsk Railway Station. She donated one of the lobes of her lungs to her sister Sheila who had cystic fibrosis and was in need of a lung transplant, but was rapidly running out of time.
The transplant worked but Sheila died later. Josephine agreed for her story to be filmed and made into a Horizon documentary to help raise awareness of the disease and the need for more people to carry organ donor cards.
Lucy Gale carried the Flame at Aysgarth Falls. Lucy is a private hire driver in the Selby area who came across a car accident at a railway crossing. Without hesitation, she got out of her vehicle and helped a pensioner get out of her car and then reversed the car from the railway track. If Lucy had not moved the car, it could have been hit by a train.
The last torchbearer of the day was Jordan Little, 20, from Carlisle, who was selected for his work as activities coordinator for the Carlisle Youth Council and for being a positive ambassador for young people.
Other torchbearers included Maxim Baldry, 16, from Gerard's Cross, who is passionate about acting. He acted alongside Rowan Atkinson in Mr Bean's Holiday and was cast as Caesarian in the BBC/HBO series of Rome. He has been part of the cast for the National Theatre’s performance of The Rose Tattoo and has been involved in a Radio 4 production and various voiceovers for animation.
Nigel Cook, 44, from Consett, is a trustee of Willowburn hospice in Lanchester. He has run 10 half marathons in 10 different countries and raised an amazing £23,000, and is looking to gain funds to build a new hospice.
David Cannon, 61, from Appleby, was a long distance runner with sheer determination. After becoming ill with ME he devoted time to coaching and advising other athletes.
Anna Nicholson, 17, from Brampton, recently broke the British record for discus in her category. Anna was awarded the Disability Performance of the Year award 2011.