MY hands are shaking, it is such an honour to be holding this torch.
Those were the words of Jack Burrows as he prepared to take the Olympic Torch from Stone Cross Lane to Chesterfield Road South.
The 14-year-old speed skater from Nottingham took the flame from British Olympic Association vice-chairman Albert Woods OBE, who is also president of the British Canoe Union. Albert had carried the Torch from the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre in Westdale Road.
Just before starting his leg of the epic journey Jack said: “I’ve got about 400 meters to run and I want to saviour every second of it.”
Jack passed the flame to ice dancer Kate Louise Bagnall, from Newark, outside the Fernleaf Residential Home in Chesterfield Road South.
Residents had been watching event unfold from under a large tent at the side of the road.
Manager Jeanette Sheppard said: “We were well prepared for the weather. Everyone had been really looking forward to it, the residents even made their own t-shirts.
“Hopefully it will live with them for the rest of their time.”
As the Torch passed Kwik Fit hundreds of pupils from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy had gathered in the forecourt.
Mechanic Steve Food said: “It was really good, apart from the weather which spoiled it a bit.
“The school came down last week and asked if they could set up outside. I think everybody got into the spirit of it, it’s a once in a lifetime thing, something most of us will never see again.
“Let’s just hope we can win some medals now after all this!”