Maidonian wins battle to change Olympic torch route place

Maidonian wins battle to change Olympic torch route place

Nicola Hine

Maidonian wins battle to change Olympic torch route place

A Maidonian torchbearer has won her battle with Olympic bosses to allow her to carry the flame through the streets of her home town.

Angela Cassidy says she feels 'a little bit prouder' of the honour after being given the green light to run in Maidenhead rather than Reading; her original allocation.

The 62-year-old found a Reading student due to carry the torch here who was willing to do a straight swap but games organisers dismissed the move as too 'complex'.

Then after months of letters and phone calls she received an email last week to say it would be possible after all.

"It has made such a difference," she said.

"It had been on the back of my mind for weeks."

The Woodhurst Road resident and Dominic John from Bourne End are the only two torchbearers out of the 14 who will run in Maidenhead who are actually from the town.

Three of the others are not even from the UK.

Although she was pleased to have been chosen at all, Angela, who has volunteered for Shopmobility and CareBank, was disappointed she couldn't take part nearer to home.

Now her friends will be able to pop out of work to see her and her 92-year-old mum will be able to share her big moment.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of the day," she said.

Angela, who runs her own business, Syntax, will be buying her torch after she takes part on July 10 and will be keeping it at home rather than selling it on eBay.

"That'll have pride of place," she said.

Her mum is buying her the torch stand as a present and she has also ordered a commemorative lapel pin.

Angela was nominated for the honour by her husband Alan.

She will find out her exact place on the route a week before.

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