Time for Blackpool to light up the torch

The Olympic Torch comes to Blackpool
The Olympic Torch comes to Blackpool
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Torchbearers across the Fylde coast are warming up for the experience of a lifetime as the Olympic flame illuminates Blackpool.

Dozens of successful nominees will take part in one of the greatest shows on the planet this weekend, when the torch reaches the Fylde coast on its 70 day tour of the UK.

And among them will be Paralympic athlete Shelly Woods, who will carry the iconic beacon through the town centre through Bonny Street and towards the Tower Festival Headland.

It has already been a successful year for the St Annes athlete who took gold in this year’s London Marathon and Shelly says she can’t wait to carry the flame.

She said: “I am getting really excited now, it is so cool the flame is coming to Blackpool, my home town, it will be a great event showcasing our resort.

“I haven’t tried the white and gold outfit on yet, I probably should really, but it looks very smart.

“After all the hard work which went into getting the Olympics to London it is nice to really celebrate it, it’s not every day you get the Olympic Torch coming through your town.”

Shelly will find out if she has made the GB Paralympic team in July.

And joining her in the weekend’s Olympic torch relay will be charity fundraiser Len Curtis.

Len set up Donna’s Dream House, a holiday home for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, following the death of his daughter from cancer.

He will carry the torch along Laverton Road, King Edward Avenue onto St Annes Inner Promenade where balloons will be released in memory of his daughter.

He said: “I am a little bit apprehensive now, it’s an amazing opportunity but I have got to admit I am getting a little bit nervous.”

Elswick man, Jonathan Evans, nominated for his work in the community and in particular with Wrea Green Football Club, will carry the torch through Warton.

He said: “I have the uniform ironed and hung up, it’s quite big so I hope I don’t trip over it and make a show of myself, quite a few friends and family are coming down.

“I am planning to join in the festivities in Blackpool on Friday night, hopefully when I have watched a few of the other torchbearers I won’t be so nervous.”