Soldiers tell of pride over Olympic Torch role

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TROOPS have spoken of their pride after providing a military escort for the Olympic Torch.

Soldiers from the Fifth Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were drafted in by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to help the smooth transition of the torch through County Durham.

Last month, the Fusiliers and Riflemen of the Fifth Battalion escorted the torch from Durham City, through the “kissing points” in the county, until it left Durham for the rest of its journey across the country.

Sergeant Kelly Crow said: “It was a real honour to help escort the torch through Durham and be on hand to assist the torchbearers in their moment to shine.

“We were pleased to be asked to assist in escorting the flame.

“It was a moment in history that the fusiliers were proud to be a part of.”

The Olympic Flame is being carried 8,000 miles around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on Friday at the official opening ceremony.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Sunderland when the Olympic torch passed through the city before going on to celebrations in Durham.

A special two-day celebration was held at Herrington Country Park to mark the momentous occasion.