Olympic glory for Belper torchbearers

Buxton Torch, Robert Abraham hands over to Jason Bromley
Buxton Torch, Robert Abraham hands over to Jason Bromley

Belper Olympic torcbearer, David Denton, described his moment carrying the iconic flame as “very emotional” as scores travelled to nearby Derbyshire towns to watch the once in a lifetime spectacle.

The 71-year-old was nominated for continuing to organise running events and working with poor communities in India despite developing several major health issues.

Buxton Torch, Robert Abraham carried the torch for the first leg

Buxton Torch, Robert Abraham carried the torch for the first leg

He had his chance for sporting glory during the torch parade through Buxton on Friday.

“I was very privileged and lucky to be asked to do this.” he said. “There were so many people lining the streets waving union jacks you could not see a blade of grass or inch of pavement.

“My god son had also travelled up from London to be there and I just kept thinking about the people I have helped and those who nominated me.

“The torch really brings communities together. It’s something I will never see again in my lifetime.”

Buxton Torch, David Denton

Buxton Torch, David Denton

Organising more than 50 running and duathlon events in the UK, David was also a member of Belper Town Council and the Chair of Governors at the Herbert Strutt School and a member the Strutt Charity Committee.

He has close ties with poor communities in the coastal state of Kerala in India, collecting UK donations and channelling them into focused education and health projects.

Also involved in the relay were Ecclesbourne School pupils Robert Abraham and Fiona Donnelly.

Robert, 16, has battled the pain barrier to win an array of swimming and athletics medals. Meanwhile, Fiona has been selected twice to represent GB at the European Junior Championships despite a 19 hour a week swimming programme on top of her normal school day.

Buxton Torch, David Denton

Buxton Torch, David Denton

The family of Belper Olympian Ross Davenport, were among the action for the celebrations in Derby.

The swimmer’s parents, Debbie and Paul, aunt Sharon and cousin Bayley, eight, watched the torch in the city on Friday night before gathering again in the Market Place at 6am on Saturday to wave it goodbye.

Ross, 28, will represent Team GB in the 4x200m freestyle relay at London 2012.

Buxton Torch,

Buxton Torch,

Olympic Torch: Crowds line the streets and The Slopes in Buxton as the Olympic Torch makes its way through the town.

Olympic Torch: Crowds line the streets and The Slopes in Buxton as the Olympic Torch makes its way through the town.