‘I don’t know why they chose me to carry the Olympic torch’

Eileen Daubney will be carrying the Olympic Torch in Grimsby.
Eileen Daubney will be carrying the Olympic Torch in Grimsby.

“I DON’T know why they chose somebody like me.”

These were the words of 81-year-old Eileen Daubney after she was selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Grimsby. Of course, the 25 years of volunteering she has notched up in the Boston area may have something to do with it, as may her work in the chemotherapy suite at Pilgrim Hospital, but the Belton Close resident did not see that at the time. She simply described it as ‘a rewarding job’.

Eileen told The Standard she knew she had been put forward, but she had not been expecting to hear anything when she heard that she had been selected while she was at work.

She added: “I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s something I’ve always aspired to. I’m looking forward to everything.”

Eileen is one of 8,000 people who will be carrying the torch on its 70-day journey around the UK. She will carry it for 300 metres of the route on Wednesday, June 27.