‘My tears of joy’ at Olympic news

Brian Baines
Brian Baines

A CHARITY worker shed tears of joy after being conditionally selected to be part of the Olympic torch relay ahead of the London 2012 Games.

Brian Baines, 42, from Hartlepool, today told the Mail, “I will be carrying it for everyone in town”, after finding out he was one of 6,800 people to get a provisional offer.

The project worker for Barnardo’s said: “It is quite a shock, but I am over the moon and certainly very proud.

“I found out through email and when I read it, I got quite emotional.”

Brian was nominated by his mum Eileen Ashley, 60, and he admitted: “For my mum to do that, it was quite special. This is such an honour.“

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) made its first 6,800 conditional offers for a total of 8,000 “inspiring people” to take part in the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay.

Those with an offer have until January 25 to accept the date they have been given, provide a copy of required documents, and confirm their uniform size and access requirements.

The final Torchbearer team will be revealed by March after candidates pass the required background checks.

Torchbearers will carry the flame through Hartlepool on Sunday, June 17, next year.

London will be at the centre of the world’s attention when the Olympic flame lights the cauldron to signify the start of the games on July 27 next year.