Olympic Torchbearer honoured

John Hacking with some of the volunteer stewards
John Hacking with some of the volunteer stewards

Richmond’s only Olympic torchbearer was honoured last week along with the volunteers who helped the torch on its journey through the district in June

John Hacking from Tunstall was presented with a medal by Richmondshire District Council Chairman Coun Clive World.

He ran the last leg of the Olympic Torch Relay through Hambleton and Richmondshire – carrying the torch into Richmond School where it was greeted by Lord Seb Coe.

John was nominated as a torchbearer for his work with sport and the local community during his 35 years teaching PE at Risedale Sports and Community College in Catterick Garrison. He still referees in basketball, football and rugby and is voluntary groundsman for the rugby club and works part-time as groundsman at Richmond Cricket Club.

The ceremony also recognised the 110 local torch relay volunteers who gave up their time to act as stewards.

“The hard work of the volunteers and partners made sure the Olympic torch passed safely through Richmondshire,” said Coun World. “It was greeted by rapturous crowds and a warm welcome.”