Directorate of Telecommunications
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 marked day 4 of the Olympic 2012 torch relay. The journey that day commenced at Taunton and finished at Bristol, with the Olympic Flame being carried by 136 nominated torch bearers on a route taking in Yeovil, Street, Glastonbury, Wells and Trowbridge.
One of the torch bearers was Liz Twose who carried it part way through through the town of Street. Her memories of that day are shared as follows:
“I was nominated by a neighbour, unbeknown to me, and then accepted by LOCOG to carry the Olympic flame in the town of Street. only 6 miles from the old Shapwick depot.
It was a very emotional and extremely proud day for me, my husband Andy and our son Richard. So many of our friends and Westonzoyland villagers turned out at 9am to watch me carry the torch. The memory will live with me forever.
If you were nominated, Coca Cola gave you the torch that you actually carried on the day once it had been "disarmed" (gas cannister removed). Andy bought me the stand for it and it is now displayed in our home.
So many people have had their pictures taken with the Olympic Torch. A very, very proud Olympic Torch bearer I still am.”
Liz was based at Shapwick Depot from 1965-1980 and worked as a Clerical Assistant to Regional Wireless Engineers, Jack Nelson then his successor, Bill Doran. In an e-mail to the Webmaster some years ago Liz described her time at the depot in affectionate terms as being the only "young lady" working with a wonderful bunch of men, many are whom are still friends to this day.
Acknowledgement: photos and copyright, Liz Twose