Grandmother to give Olympic torch to community

Doris Collins will be carrying the Olympic Torch.
Doris Collins will be carrying the Olympic Torch.
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A GRANDMOTHER who is part of the Olympic torch relay through Lancaster is going to give her torch to the community.

Doris Collins, 72, from Alfred Street, Lancaster, said she will present her torch to the city.

Other torchbearers have elected to sell their torches for profit online, but Doris is going to be reimburshed the £250 she paid for the torch by Lancaster City Council, which will place it in the Mayor’s Parlour in Lancaster Town Hall.

The torch could also be used as a focal point for the School Games which the city is bidding for in 2013, and the International Youth Games.

Doris, nominated by friends Anna and Phil Booth, is not your typical pensioner, and has spent her spare time raising money for charity in some of the most adrenaline-fuelled ways possible.

As well as parachute jumps, abseils and zooming down a zip wire, Doris completed a five-day trek along the Machu Picchu trail. Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, said: “It is fantastic that Doris has very kindly offered her torch to the council to retain, on behalf of the entire community.

“This will be, without doubt, a very special part of the legacy of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, and keep our memories of that special day when the Olympic torch passed through our district shine as bright as the torch itself, for years to come.”