Former Flamborough man is Olympic torchbearer

David Burgess carries the Olympic flame through Balderton.
David Burgess carries the Olympic flame through Balderton.

A FORMER Flamborough man has played a part in Olympic history by being a torchbearer.

Retired deputy headteacher David Burgess, 69, who spent his early years in Flamborough, has carried the Olympic torch through Balderton, near Newark.

David attended St George’s Secondary School, from 1954 to 1959, and Bridlington School between 1959 and 1961, before moving to Nottingham to undertake teacher training.

He was nominated to carry the Torch by his son, Jonathan, for his involvement in many sports during his time as a physical education teacher in Nottingham, as well as for his community work in Woodborough where he now lives.

But it took a while for Olympics fan David to believe that he had been selected to take part in this once in a lifetime event.

“I thought it was a hoax. I was extremely surprised. I knew it was a one off occasion so I was looking forward to it.

“I have always enjoyed the Olympics and to be a part of the event was fantastic,” said David, who still has lots of family and friends in Bridlington.

And the event was a memorable one for David who has praised the way the country as a whole has rallied round in support of such major events as the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee.

“It was overwhelming. There were 11 of us travelling on the coach and they were so excited, it was infectious,” he said. David plans to eventually have his Olympic torch mounted on a wall at home along with some photographs from the day, but for now he has been busy touring schools in his local area to share his experiences.

Earlier this week the famous flame was greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as it made its way from Oxford to Reading.

Today it is due to travel from Salisbury to Weymouth with just over two weeks remaining until the start of the Games.