Shot Pc's daughter carries torch
Mia, daughter of late hero Pc David Rathband carried the Olympic Torch wearing a blindfold on Saturday
The late hero Pc David Rathband would have been "very proud" for his daughter to carry the Olympic Torch on Saturday, his widow has said.
The blinded traffic officer, who had been shot by gunman Raoul Moat, was selected to run a leg with the flame but was found hanged at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, in February. His daughter Mia, who wore a blindfold, was handed the flame in Whitburn, South Tyneside, on the Gateshead to Durham leg of its tour around Britain.
The 43-year-old officer's widow Kath said: "It means so much to Mia and the family that she's been given this opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in her dad's place. It was a great honour for David to be nominated as a torch bearer by so many people and to be selected. I know he would be very proud to see his Mia carry the torch on his behalf this Saturday."
After TV adventurer Bear Grylls's spectacular zip slide with the torch off the Tyne Bridge on Friday night, Richard Jackson kicked off the day by abseiling with it down the stunning Sage Music Centre in Gateshead on Saturday morning.
It was carried to South Shields where 10,000m double Olympic gold winner Haile Gebrselassie handed it to Great North Run founder and Olympic bronze winner Brendan Foster took over.
He carried the flame to the spot where the famous run - the world's second biggest half marathon - ends on the seafront.
About the only news worth reading on MSN today. Our thoughts are forever with PC Rathband and his beautiful daughter for representing something worthwhile. David will be watching down from a better place. He will be so proud......
Pc David Rathband showed great humility before his unfortunate suicide and his daughter is also showing such humility.
I'm sure the likes of mark thomas (knights of round table) who has made such disparaging remarks would never show such humility. Grow up you fool!
One of the few that it was intended for. The original press releases stated that the torch would be carried by those proposed by the public deemed worthy of the honour, instead the majority seem to be celebs and execs of the sponsors, so the pocket lining of the organisors of this crap fest goes on. After it has all finished all those involved with the organisation Coe et al all walk away with a "redundancy payment" of a few hundred thousand pounds, while the rest of us have to carry the burden of cost for the next 10 or so years. That does not include the family businesses in the East end of London who have either gone out of business, or who are going out of business because of the olympics.
So much for the people olympics!