Daughter to display Olympic medal as torch relay passes

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A COMMUNITY will be celebrating extra hard when the Olympic Torch passes through its village as a street is dedicated to a former medal winner.

On Wednesday, June 27, the torch will be arriving in Hogsthorpe around 10.45am, when many residents will be sure to line the streets to catch a glimpse.

Resident Lucy Partridge and her sister Josie Williams will also be giving St Mary’s Church the privilege of displaying photographs and a bronze medal won by their mother, Gladys Carson in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games for breaststroke.

“Lucy, who lives in Carson Close, Hogsthorpe, which was named after her mother, is a regular member of St Mary’s Church and is happy to chat to anyone interested in looking at her mother’s medal,” said Elizabeth Elvidge, Churchwarden at St Mary’s Church.

Gladys Carson returned from the Olympics and carried on teaching, then married in 1927, dedicating herself to her family.

“She lived in Hogsthorpe and is buried in St Mary’s churchyard, so very much a local girl to be proud of,” added Elizabeth.

St Mary’s Church will be celebrating by opening for refreshments and light lunches from 10am, when all will be able to get a good view of the torch bearers as they run through the village.

Hogsthorpe Primary School will also be running a relay down to St Mary’s Church and then watching the torch procession through the village before returning to school to hold their own Olympic games.

Richard Enderby, chair of the Parish Council said: “Hogsthorpe is proud to be part of the Olympic Torch route and the village welcomes anyone who wishes to join us on this historic occasion.”