GORDON Hawkins carried the torch through Newbiggin.
“I am thrilled to be asked to be a torchbearer, but I only trained for 300m and I’m doing a double run,” he said.
“People from all over the world had come to cheer me on today and friends who couldn’t get here have sent their flags, even my daughter has come all the way from Canada, it’s amazing.”
His daughter Nicole Beauregard said: “I’m so proud of him.”
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