Ipswich Olympic torch bearer launches appeal to find photo capturing ‘perfect moment’ at 2012 relay

Dave completing his stretch of the Olympic torch relay on July 5, 2012

Dave completing his stretch of the Olympic torch relay on July 5, 2012 - Credit: Archant

A public appeal for a “perfect photo” capturing the exact moment an Olympic torch bearer gave his five-year-old daughter a kiss during Ipswich’s 2012 torch relay launches today.

A 'near miss' photo of Dave and his daughter Aimee at the 2012 Olympic torch relay in Ipswich

A 'near miss' photo of Dave and his daughter Aimee at the 2012 Olympic torch relay in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

After a four-year search, Dave Baynes-Robinson, who lives in Kesgrave, has released a series of “near-miss” images which reveal the moments just before and after the kiss.

And Dave, who used to work at Ipswich Town Football Club and is now a PE teacher at One Suffolk, has provided us with a detailed description of where his family were stood on July 5, 2012 – and what went on to jog people’s memories.

“It was all a bit of a blur – there were so many people on that street. But I remember where my family were”, he said.

“They were standing on St Nicholas Street, near the Prince Alexander Obolensky statue and opposite what used to be Turkish restaurant The Galley.

A 'near miss' photo of Dave and daughter Aimee at the July 5 Ipswich Olympic torch relay on St Nicho

A 'near miss' photo of Dave and daughter Aimee at the July 5 Ipswich Olympic torch relay on St Nicholas Street - Credit: Archant

“If you were walking towards the Waterfront from Cornhill, they would have been on your left hand side”.

Dave was chosen as one of just seven Olympic torch bearers from Ipswich. Although he admits he “isn’t sure” why he was picked, he has run 24 marathons, raising thousands for charities like EACH and Cancer Research UK.

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“On that night the security guards weren’t happy with me for going off route – but this was a moment I couldn’t resist”, he added.

“I ran backwards, quick as a flash, as I had seen out of the corner of my eye my family standing there. My daughter Aimee was cheering my name, I couldn’t not go back and give her a hug and a kiss.

A recent photo of Dave and his now eight-year-old daughter Aimee

A recent photo of Dave and his now eight-year-old daughter Aimee - Credit: Archant

“But to this day, I haven’t been able to find a picture or video footage of that moment. A few years ago my students showed me a video that was uploaded to YouTube - but even this doesn’t manage to catch the kiss. It might sound silly, but I’m desperate to find it”.

And the now 43-year-old has said whoever finds the photo will be rewarded in some way - and will also be given a chance to see the Olympic torch, which he bought as a souvenir.

He added: “Hopefully these photos and the video that my students found will jog people’s memories.

“I’d like to ask people who were there on that special day to look around for this photo – to search their computers, phones, whatever they took with them on July 5”.

“It would be incredible if we could finally find it”.

Anyone who thinks they may have a photo of the kiss, or any information leading to its discovery is asked to email newsroom@archant.co.uk.