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Barnsley Torchbearer Loans Torch To Town Hall

Friday August 3 2012


 Dave Allemby with Jemma Conway, Community Heritage Curator, Experience Barnsley Dave Allemby with Jemma Conway, Community Heritage Curator, Experience Barnsley


A BARNSLEY man who was an Olympic torchbearer has turned down cash offers for his torch and instead loaned it to the town hall so the borough can enjoy it.

David Allemby, 56, of Wombwell, carried the Olympic flame through Lundwood and has turned down offers to sell his torch in favour of letting the community see it.

Dave - a member of Barnsley Running Club - has been taking the torch into schools, to talk about his experience with the children. He decided to loan it to the town hall and handed it over this week.

He said: "It's as good there as it would be in my cupboard or conservatory.

"This way anyone who hasn't seen it yet or couldn't get out to Lundwood knows where to find it."

He had been offered thousands of pounds to sell it but says, to him, its priceless. 

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Reply Posted by ah on Friday August 3 2012 at 11:38
good on him most of them are on e bay now it nice to see it i went to cundy cross to see it never see it again good man

Reply Posted by mick on Saturday August 4 2012 at 00:51
Nice to see .this man doing something for barnsley .well done

Reply Posted by Dave Allemby on Monday October 29 2012 at 12:44
I loaned the torch out to the new Barnsley Experience Museum so all of Barnsley could see it , especially all the children who could not get there on June 25th when it went through the area - some of us torchbearers visited many schools up to the end of term but unfortunately could not get to everyone in the area !!Ii It has been a magical time for me visiting schools ,functions ,taking part in Mayors Parade and to see all those excited , smiling faces was one of the greatest experiences in my life - Looking forward to the opening of the museum in May 2013
Hope to see you there

Reply Posted by Dave Allemby on Monday October 29 2012 at 12:44
I loaned the torch out to the new Barnsley Experience Museum so all of Barnsley could see it , especially all the children who could not get there on June 25th when it went through the area - some of us torchbearers visited many schools up to the end of term but unfortunately could not get to everyone in the area !!Ii It has been a magical time for me visiting schools ,functions ,taking part in Mayors Parade and to see all those excited , smiling faces was one of the greatest experiences in my life - Looking forward to the opening of the museum in May 2013
Hope to see you there