Islanders Nominated To Carry Olympic Torch

The Council has nominated two islanders for the chance to carry the Olympic torch from Land’s End when it begins in its 70-day procession around the British Isles.

Nathan Street was treated in a specialist head injury unit in Bristol last year following an horrific accident while riding a horse on Bryher.

His family relocated to the city whilst he recovered but he’s made a full recovery and continues to serve as Scilly’s Member of Youth Parliament.

Nathan’s mum Angela said she was thrilled by the nomination and it ‘s amazing considering all he has been through.

Lewis Johnson is also recommended following his 100-mile cycle ride around Saint Mary’s this spring to raise money for Cancer Research UK, after his mum Karen was diagnosed with the disease.

She says she’s honoured and proud that Lewis has been recognised by the Authority and community.

Islands tourism launched a Facebook campaign in May to bring the torch here and as of this morning, 157 people have joined. Joint Chairman Euan Roger says they will still continue to push for our islands’ inclusion.

Online nominations for torch bearers closes today and a panel will pick a lucky person from those names.