Four Leaders from Cornwall were chosen to be torch bearers on Saturday, as the Olympic flame made its way through Cornwall, as well as a Guide from St Austell who ran the last leg of the day and lit the cauldron on Plymouth Hoe
Lesley Thomas is a Guide Leader on the Isles of Scilly, and ran a leg through Penzance.
Lesley says: 'It was a very emotional moment when my niece Marie, also a Leader and also chosen, passed the Olympic Flame over to me. I am honoured to have represented the Isles of Scilly in the Torch Relay, and have brought my Torch back to Scilly where I was met on the Quay by the island Brownies, and can now give all the girls here a chance to hold the Olympic Torch and be a part of the Olympic Dream.'
Marie, who is a Rainbow Leader in Penzance, says: 'It was the most amazing experience I feel very honoured to have had the privilege to be involved.'
Many Penzance Rainbows, Brownies and Guides were there to see them both run, and support them.
Lesley and Marie after their run
Julie Search was our Outdoor Activities Adviser for 5 years, so it's very appropriate that she was chosen. She carried the torch through Ashton.
She says: 'It was lovely to meet up with Mandy Hiscock, a Leader from St Stephen, who ran through Helston. She had the hard job as it was mostly uphill whereas my run through Ashton was nice and flat. I say run but actually I walked it, smiling and waving all the way. I was very surprised by the large numbers of people lining the route and it was nice to see the Tregonning Brownies and Guides in the crowd.'
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Mandy Hiscock is a Brownie Leader at Treviscoe, and carried the flame in Helston.
Maddie Wood, a Guide with 7th St Austell was successfully nominated to be an Olympic torch bearer by her school, Penrice Community College, St Austell. Maddie said “I got chosen to run with the Olympic torch through my school Penrice Community College. My teacher, Miss Stephens, chose me because of how involved I get with the school and how much I push myself. Examples of what I do is being Oliver in our production, I’m on the school council, I am in the sports teams, I join lots of clubs and I do charity work and fundraising.
"I ran on the 19th of May 2012 in Plymouth on the Hoe. I also had a big role of lighting the cauldron at the end of the day 1. It was an amazing experience and such an honour! It had to of been the best day of my life- so far! My advice is to get as involved as you can, and if you believe you can do it, you can!”