Saturday, September 24, 2022

Thurrock Olympic torch-bearers announced.

THE EIGHT people who will carry the Olympic torch through the streets of Thurrock have been announced this morning (Monday).

The eight are:

John Wyndham, 66, from Brentwood; David Bland, 26, Brentwood; Donghai Liu, 45, Beijing; Evanna Morrissey, 42, Nenagh; Helen Doyle, 48, Grays; Kirk Cross, 44, Hornchurch; Lauren Beard, 16, Grays and Peter Mwaura, 11 from Basildon.

Over in Basildon, Thurrock Harriers, Jon Metcalf, 52 will be holding the torch as well as Anna Harvey aged 12.

Timed to the second, the flame will start its Thurrock journey at 4.59pm on July 6th. Starting in Lodge Lane, it will travel to Piggs Corner, turning into Southend Road, before heading towards Grays town centre at Palmer’s Avenue along Orsett Road and London Road, then finishing in Hogg Lane.

YT will be catching up with all the torchbearers between now and the big day in July.

Here is Brentwood man, John Wyndham’s nomination story

“In 1990, with just five members, John Wyndham founded a young people’s marching band, which was officially adopted by the Royal British Legion in 1993. Since founding the group, John has been the inspiration and mentor for hundreds of young people, many of whom were facing personal difficulties.

“The Royal British Legion Youth Band is fully inclusive and currently has 110 young members between the ages of 10 and 25, who pay just £1 per week. Through John’s dedication and love, the band is completely self sponsoring and it works tirelessly to acknowledge the sacrifices made by service men and women in the Armed services.

“The band is invited to perform at a number of prestigious events both nationally and internationally. John was awarded an MBE for services to the band in 2001.

“His vision has always been to encourage young people to participate in a positive, yet self disciplined experience, and he has spent hundreds of hours developing and promoting the band voluntarily.

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