Olympic torchbearer wows kids

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A POPULAR volunteer at Hucknall Thursday Club, Andrew Hayward was greeted as a hero at the group’s final session before its summer break.

Andrew (28), of Windsor Close, Hucknall, was selected to carry the Olympic torch in the Mansfield leg of its relay last June.

The club, which is for adults and children with special needs, meets at Hucknall Young People’s Centre off Linby Road.

“It was a big thrill for everyone, especially the youngsters, when Andrew brought his own souvenir torch to show them,” said club spokesman Mick Fish.

“It came as a big surprise and we are very proud of Andrew. We appreciate what he does for us and that is why we nominated him as a torch bearer.

“He even wore the tracksuit he was in when he carried the torch. By his participation, he has also helped to put the Thursday Club on the map.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Andrew with excited members of the Thursday Club and the torch — DISPIC NHUD12-1988-1