Inspirational Torchbearers set for Henley spotlight
Two individuals from Oxfordshire are among those set for a moment in the spotlight next month when they carry the Olympic Torch through Henley.
Mark Chesterton and Beth Lawrence are among seven Torchbearers who have been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame when it makes its way through the streets of Henley on Tuesday 10 July.
The occasion will be a great honour for the pair who are among the 8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring people from the local, national and international communities.
Popular head teacher Mark Chesterton, from Oxford, has been at Larkrise School since 1988 overseeing its expansion and transformation into a much sought after and respected education establishment.
Mark, who has also raised thousands of pounds for link schools in the Delhi slums and in Jinja, Uganda, said: “It is a real honour for me to carry the torch through Henley as I have great affection for the town. I grew up here and lived much of my life close by including playing cricket, man and boy, at Greys”
At just 13 years old School Councillor Beth Lawrence, also from Oxford, is already a real inspiration to her local community, helping other pupils throughout her time at school. As a Girl Guide she has also been involved in a number of local events and fund raising efforts.
Beth said: “"I am really excited about carrying the Olympic Torch. I think it is something I will always remember."
Cllr Ann Ducker, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, who invited the Torch Relay to pass through the district, including Henley, said: “We know that much of the attention when the flame goes through the town will focus on other Torchbearers, however I am sure that the people of Henley will ensure that Beth and Mark receive an extra special applause in recognition of the contribution they have made to the Oxfordshire community.”
Cllr Elizabeth Hodgkin, Mayor of Henley, said: “To be nominated to carry the Olympic Torch is a tribute to the hard work both Beth and Mark have done. Henley will be out in force to congratulate them on their achievements for Oxfordshire and I am sure those watching will be inspired by their dedication and commitment.”