The 56 years old mum of two, who lives in the Britannia district of Bacup, was “proud as punch” to have been chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime role in recognition of 40 years work as a Beaver and Cub leader who has worked with countless youngsters over the years.
“I just couldn’t believe it when I discovered I had been nominated as a torch bearer last September,” said Barbara, who for the past three years has worked as a payroll clerk with Underbank Mill based Beta.
“Then in November I got an email to inform me that my nomination had been successful and I had been chosen to carry the Olympic flame over a 300 meter stretch from Rockliffe Street to Haslingden Old Road. I was just speechless. It is such an honour.”
Barbara’s husband Keith and their children, Alison and Michael joined the crowd of onlookers with her four grandchildren, Jordan, Isabel, Leah and six-weeks-old Nancy.
“Being called upon to take part in such an historic event is something I find hard to believe,” added Barbara. “But it is a highpoint that I will always treasure. I feel so proud to have been chosen.”
Barbara’s employer, Martin Lewis, MD of the Beta Group, speaking from his office said: “This accolade is so well deserved. Barbara is a kind and hard-working woman who has devoted many years to the Beavers and Cubs in Bacup. She was a wonderful Olympic torch bearer and all her colleagues here at Beta Group were running alongside her, in spirit at least.”