Torch treat in store

Sainsbury's Station Lane staff(left to right) Sarah Arnold, Dessie Elder, Carl Duckling, Diane Ruddock, Caroline Dionysios and Craig Abbey pictured with the Paralympic torch.
Sainsbury's Station Lane staff(left to right) Sarah Arnold, Dessie Elder, Carl Duckling, Diane Ruddock, Caroline Dionysios and Craig Abbey pictured with the Paralympic torch.

A PARALYMPIC torch has visited a town store – much to the delight of staff and shoppers.

Workers and customers at Sainsbury’s, in Station Lane, Hartlepool, were “proud and happy” to be given the opportunity to see, touch, and have their pictures taken with the silver-coloured Paralympic torch.

The torch arrived at the shop at 1pm and stayed until 3.30pm as part of a nationwide tour of 60 of the chain’s stores. Sainsbury’s are one of the main sponsors of the Paralympic Games.

Throughout the day there was a steady stream of 150 customers who turned up to see the torch in all its glory.

Manager of the town store, Carl Duckling, said: “The torch was doing a nationwide tour of 60 stores and our store was picked as one of those.

“It was to give colleagues and customers the chance to see the torch and have their pictures taken with it.

“There has been a steady stream of about 150 people that have turned up to see it.”

He added: “It’s silver rather than gold and I’ve had my picture taken with it myself.

“Everybody’s really enjoyed it, there’s been a real buzz. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime chance really.

“I’m proud and happy that my store is the only place around Teesside to get a visit from the torch and I’m sure all the customers felt the same too. It’s been quite a special day.”

The Paralympic torch is visiting the stores before completing a two-hour relay from Stoke Mandeville, which is the birthplace of the Paralympics, to the Olympic Park in London.

The Games themselves will take place from August 29 to September 9.