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Generous Gerry's Olympic torch loan boosts museum

Published: 19th Jul 2012

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A PIECE of sporting history has gone on show at a Redcar museum - after an Olympic torchbearer kindly donated one of his most treasured possessions for all to see.

Kirkleatham Museum is displaying the torch just a month after more than 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer the iconic flame on its journey through Redcar & Cleveland.

It is available to view thanks to a generous year-long donation from Gerry McBride, who carried the torch through Saltburn amid a carnival atmosphere on June 18.

Keen cyclist Mr McBride was chosen as a torchbearer after being hailed as a "fantastic example of how an individual can make a positive difference to their community".

As the driving force behind family cycling club the Tees Valley Riders, he has encouraged many people to discover the benefits of two-wheeled travel.

In recent weeks, he has paid visits to Errington, Westgarth, Overfields and New Marske primary schools, giving pupils the chance to see the torch up-close.

Mr McBride handed the torch over to the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor Denise Bunn, and the Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Olwyn Peters.

Councillor Peters said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Gerry has agreed to loan us the Olympic Torch, to give as many people as possible the chance to see it and recall fond memories of the fantastic day when it came through our borough."

The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

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