Youngsters will fly the flag for our area

IT is disappointing that the Olympic torch will not be travelling through our area.

Instead it is taking a very strange route from Mansfield to Nottingham and then back up to Bolsover and Chesterfield, Matlock and Derby before continuing it’s journey down south.

But while it is a shame that the torch will not be visiting Eastwood, Kimberley or the surrounding areas, at least we have people from our patch who will be taking part in the once-in-a-lifetime Olympic relay.

The idea behind the relay is to recognise those people who represent what is great about our country.

Whether it is achievements at school such as 12-year-old Georgia Zadins from Selston or voluntary work like 18-year-old Zach Radford from Kimberley, these youngsters and others carrying the torch have been honoured for their unsung community work and will be flying the flag for our towns.

For an 18-year-old to give up so much of his free time so willingly to help at beavers and cubs while also volunteering at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and helping rescue seals is remarkable and both Zach and Georgia should be rightly proud of having been selected to take part in such a prestigious event.