NINE people will carry the Olympic Torch through Lewes tomorrow (Tuesday July 17), Day 60 of the flame’s epic relay around the country - but ironically only one of them actually comes from the county town.
That honour falls to teenager Tom Glenn, described by his nominator as “a real giver, always putting others before himself”.
Tom, 18, said: “My dream in life is to become an inspirational teacher, preferably in sport.”
Much attention in Lewes will fall on former daredevil stuntman Eddie Kidd, who suffered serious brain injuries following a crash at a motorcycle rally in 1996, leaving him with severely restricted co-ordination and speech.
Over the past eight years he has fought to regain some of the mobility he lost and completed the London Marathon last year - raising almost £100,000 for charity in the process.
Eddie, 53, from Peacehaven, took 50 days to complete the 26.2-mile route, walking up to a mile a day with a specially adapted frame.
Completing the line-up of Lewes torchbearers are Lisa Brack, 41, from Munich, Benjamin Feist, 20, from Staines, Gabriella Rogers, 12, from Horsham, James Kirby, 18, from Eastbourne, Lauren Dolbear, 18, from Hove, Nick Webborn, 55, from Eastbourne, and Steve Mcmenamin, 45, from Hurstpierpoint.
Schoolgirl Gabriella said: “It’s a once in a lifetime and amazing opportunity, I am thrilled that I can be a part of the Olympic relay.”
The torch is due to arrive on the outskirts of Lewes at 2.15pm on Tuesday. Starting at Earwig Corner, the route will be Malling Street, Phoenix Causeway, School Hill, High Street, Western Road and Brighton Road.
The town looks set to give the relay a warm welcome. Skull Drummery, Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band and the County of Sussex Royal British Legion trumpeter, Heidi Watkins, will herald the Olympic Torchbearers at various points along the route.
Shops along the High Street have decorated their windows in an Olympian theme, as part of a competition organised by Lewes Town Council. The windows will be judged by the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Michael Chartier, the Vice Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe, and local MP Norman Baker.
The Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Tony Nicholson, has invited schoolchildren who took part in the design competition ‘Celebrating in 2012’ to Lewes House for an opportunity to see the Torch Relay up close and to present the competition winner with a prize.
A ‘thank you’ to the 100 volunteers who will help welcome visitors to Lewes is to be hosted at Lewes Town Hall by the Chair of Lewes District Council and the Mayor of Lewes after the Torch Relay has passed.
For information relating to the route and road closures go to www.lewes.gov.uk/celebrating2012