Olympic honour is twice as nice

Harry Heathfield, of South Kirkby, carried the torch through Cromer on Wednesday, July 4
Harry Heathfield, of South Kirkby, carried the torch through Cromer on Wednesday, July 4

A VOLUNTEER who helps to save lives was given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch twice.

Harry Heathfield, 21, of South Kirkby, ran a double leg of the relay in his former hometown of Cromer, Norfolk, when another torchbearer had to pull out on Wednesday, July 4.

Mr Heathfield was recognised for his volunteer work with the Holt and Community First Responders, where he acts upon 999 calls outside of term time for the East of England Ambulance Service to provide life-saving treatment.

He is studying at Backstage Academy, in South Kirkby, and was part of a team who organised a West Yorkshire Police charity Battle of the Bands event at the LS-Live Studios on Sunday, July 15.

He said: “It was an amazing experience.

“Apparently I got given the best spot of the day in front of Cromer Pier where there were thousands of people, all the press, pyrotechnics displays and dancers. It was crazy.”