Torch bearer is visiting from Down Under


AN AUSTRALIAN woman travelling half way across the globe will see the Olympic torch carried through Boston – 12 years after being a torch bearer herself.

Jennifer McNamee is flying in this week to visit her 90-year-old mother May Gregory, of Boston, and will join her to watch the torch’s historic journey through the borough.

She said: “In Sydney, Australia, in 2000, I was chosen as one of the torch bearers for the Olympic relay as it made its way across Australia.

“I never thought I would be able to attend this unique event again. However, I was told recently that the Olympic torch will be held aloft in Boston when I will be in town visiting my mother, who has lived in there for 25 years.

“I am looking forward to sharing this momentous occasion with not only my mother but also thousands of fellow Bostonians who will welcome the torch to this wonderful part of Lincolnshire.”

Jennifer, who is originally from Essex, was given the honour for her work as Olympic hospitality manager for her company at the Games.

She said: “It was a dream job as I not only got to meet some of Australia’s legendary Olympians, but also international celebrities including Hugh Jackman and Olivia Newton-John.”

She added: “I will never forget the feeling of pride and some astonishment that this girl from Essex could have been given such an honour.”