Piece of Olympic history on show in Sunderland

Olympic torch - bearer Jess Boyce (right) with Sunderland Museum manager Jo Cunningham in Sunderland Winter gardens before the torch was put in a display case in the museum.
Olympic torch - bearer Jess Boyce (right) with Sunderland Museum manager Jo Cunningham in Sunderland Winter gardens before the torch was put in a display case in the museum.
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A SLICE of sporting history is on display in Sunderland.

Olympic torch-bearer Jessica Boyce has loaned her Olympic torch to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the symbol of the games.

The 18-year-old, from Houghton, is vice-chairman of City Equals, a forum for disabled people, and won the 2011 Young Achiever’s Service to Community Award.

Jessica has Asperger’s Syndrome and her inspirational work raising awareness of issues which affect young people with a learning disability or difficulty meant she was given the opportunity to carry the torch when it passed through Sunderland on June 16.

The iconic torch will now be on display at the Winter Gardens until September 2.

Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museums, said: “A massive thank you to Jess for sharing this amazing part of sporting, and of course her own, history with the wider community.

“We are thrilled to be able to display this beautiful object where all our visitors will be able to see up close something that is so symbolic of the London 2012 Olympic Games.”