Flying the Fen flag

Tom Baty, who won four gold medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.
Tom Baty, who won four gold medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.

EIGHT Fenlanders will be helping the Olympic torch blaze a trail across the region as part of its 70-day tour of Great Britain.

A medal-winning paralympian, an amputee and a business woman are among the lucky eight who will have the honour of carrying the torch as it hits East Anglia in early July.

Olympic torch relay will take it around the UK passing through 1,018 places before ending up at the opening ceremony on July 27.

The names of the majority of the 8,000 people who will carry the flame on its 8,000 mile journey were confirmed by organisers Locog on Monday. All the bearers were nominated for the privilege of running with the torch in recognition of their personal achievement and or contribution to the local community.

Fenland’s eight are: Tom Baty (28) the multi-medal winning paralympic power-lifter formerly of Wisbech, but now living in Ely. He will be taking part in the Felixstowe leg on July 5.

Mark Spinks (47), a table tennis coach from Walpole Highway, will also run July 5 in the Great Yarmouth leg.

GCSE Results - Students at Marshland High School, West Walton celebrate their grades. Double amputee Matthew Dawson recieved a D in P.E

GCSE Results - Students at Marshland High School, West Walton celebrate their grades. Double amputee Matthew Dawson recieved a D in P.E

Jaqui Fairfax (52), a business woman from Wimblington, takes part on July 4 at Holbeach.

Ian Groome (54), a law firm partner from March, runs on July 4 at Long Sutton.

David White (54), also from March, runs on June 27 in Mumby, Lincolnshire.

Robyn Joly (70), from March gets her chance on July 4 in Peterborough.

Mark Spinks who is carrying the Olympic flame on the Great Yarmouth'leg

Mark Spinks who is carrying the Olympic flame on the Great Yarmouth'leg

Charles Cattell (66), from Wisbech, does his bit on July 4 in Spalding.

And Matthew Dawson (16), of Wisbech, will participate on July 8 at Huntingdon.

The flame begins its journey at Land’s End on May 19. For details of the relay visit: www.london2012.com

Ian Groome h/s

Ian Groome h/s