Felixstowe: Olympic golden boy to carry torch at resort

GOLD medal winner Adrian Moorhouse will be one of the torchbearers running through Felixstowe when the Olympic roadshow rolls into town tomorrow

Winner of the 100m breaststroke in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the former swimming champion will be carrying the torch on part of the leg down the town’s Orwell Road.

Mr Moorhouse, 48, of Maidenhead, was world number one for six consecutive years in the 1980s.

He will join eight others in carrying the torch through the seaside town – it is due to arrive at the resort around 4.35pm.

Mr Moorhouse will hand over his torch to 12-year-old Kathryn Shailer, who was announced yesterday as Felixstowe’s ninth torchbearer – a last minute replacement for David Miller, who decided not to take part.

Mr Miller, 70, the official historian of the Olympics and author of a number of books including the guide published every four years, said he felt the honour should go to someone younger.

“Youth and energy are not something I boast these days and I felt it should be carried by someone younger, so I assigned my place to the City of Norwich School and Kathryn was chosen to take my place,” said Mr Miller, who lives in Norfolk.

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He is buying the torch and plans to auction it to raise money for the Starlight charity which arranges for terminally ill children to realise their dreams.

The other torchbearers for Felixstowe are: David Wardle, 72, Ipswich; John Beer, 64, Kirton; Matthew Miller, 12, Suffolk; Miranda Rayner, 44, Walton-on-the-Naze; Shaun Andrews, 40, Ipswich; and Tom Baty, 28, Ely.

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