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Rail welcome for Olympic torch

Railway staff played a lead role in carrying the Olympic torch around Britain.

FirstGroup’s Engineering Director, Clive Burrows, carried the Olympic torch in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

‘To be involved in such an important and historic event was an honour and a privilege. The occasion was magnificent and one that I will savour and reflect upon with pride for the rest of my life,’ said the noted charity fundraiser, Clive.

‘I find working with charities exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding.’

The torch travelled along the Severn Valley Railway and was carried on the train from Bewdley to Kidderminster by 43-year-old Christopher Stokes from Kidderminster.

Station manager for Staines and Windsor Frank Roberts, who has worked for South West Trains for five years, carried the torch at his home town of Swanage in Dorset.

A former soldier and keen fundraiser, Frank Roberts has raised £100,000 for charity over the years. Mortlake station clerical officer Daniel Opoku, SWT, ran with the torch at Erith.

The flame travelled in a miner’s lantern on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and was carried to the summit by Sir Chris Bonnington.

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