Olympic torch hopes for Pock man

AN OLYMPIC dream could come true for a Pocklington man after he was nominated to carry the torch prior to next year’s London games.

Norman Stubbs, who lives under the care of Sherbutt House, had his name put forward for the honour by the home’s care worker manager, Gillian Lilley.

The sports-loving resident turns 80 years old later this month, and Gillian said it would mean everything to him if chosen to carry the flame in the run up to the eagerly-anticipated event.

Gillian, who has known Norman for over 23 years, said: “He is such a keen sports person and I just thought ‘why shouldn’t he?’

“He’s incredibly fit for his age and has completed the annual working men’s club walk every year, usually in a very good time.

“Everybody knows him in the community and he spends a lot of time at the swimming baths - you’ll never get him in the water, but he loves being there cheering on the swimmers.

“I printed the nomination off for him and since then he’s been walking around showing it to everybody - he’s over the moon about it!”

Norman, who suffers from learning difficulties, can often be seen around the town and is well-known within the community.

So far is one of just a handful of people in the region to have their names put forward to be a torch bearer, although there are thousands vying for a place across the country.

Decisions are set to be made in December.

The torch relay will be in May next year, will last 70 days and see approximately 8,000 people each carry the torch 300 metres.

It will start at Lands End in Cornwall and travel the country before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London during the opening ceremony.

It is expected to travel between Hull and York on 18/19 June.