Olympic torch relay goes “like a dream” for Norman

PUBLISHED: 16:26 06 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:12 09 July 2012

Norman South, from Littleport, carries the Olympic torch in King's Lynn Pictures: Lucy Brown

Norman South, from Littleport, carries the Olympic torch in King's Lynn Pictures: Lucy Brown


LITTLEPORT resident, Norman South, said everything “went like a dream” on his leg of the Olympic torch relay through King’s Lynn on Wednesday.

Dozens of people from Littleport, including friends and family, made the trip up to watch Norman, who said: “It was a very good day, there were lots of people there from Littleport to watch and it went like a dream.”

Norman, of Ely Road, said that both his changeovers went smoothly and added that he thoroughly enjoyed walking the quarter-mile.

Both his Olympic tracksuit and torch were saved as souvenir’s of the day and he already has plans to have his replica torch put into a special display case.

A keen sportsmen, Norman played football for Waterbeach, Ely City and Littleport Town and even made an appearance in the FA Cup in 1956.

He has been associated with Littleport Town Cricket Club since 1947 and has played a major role in developing youth cricket in both Ely and Littleport since then. He is also president of the Kirkland Cup, a long standing local cricket competition and even turned his hand to table tennis, representing the county.

In more recent years, Norman has continued to raise thousands of pounds for the MS Society and for dozens of other charities through his regular bowls tournaments held at the Littleport Leisure Centre.

In 2008, Norman collected the Unsung HeroAward at the first Ely Standard Sports Awards for his dedication to local sports.

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