Cromer torchbearers Natasha Smith and Harry Heathfield talk of their ‘excitement’ before the big event

PUBLISHED: 15:12 04 July 2012

(L to R) Mina Uddin, 12, Aaron Kiddell, 13, Natasha Smith, 12, Yvonne Truong, 13, Chloe Lewis, 12; Photo credit: Donna-Louise Bishop.

(L to R) Mina Uddin, 12, Aaron Kiddell, 13, Natasha Smith, 12, Yvonne Truong, 13, Chloe Lewis, 12; Photo credit: Donna-Louise Bishop.


Two “excited” torchbearers are getting ready to parade through the streets of Cromer today (Wednesday) for the Olympic torch relay.

Since starting Cromer Academy in September, pupil Natasha Smith, 12, has thrown herself into all aspects of school life, especially physical education.

Despite being born with a single horseshoe kidney - which has led to her suffering repeated kidney infections - and undergoing operations she has pushed herself to have an active life.

Nominated by Cromer Academy, she has been a keen swimmer since the age of six, enjoys horse riding, and has been a member of a local dance school for two years.

She will be starting her torch relay route from the Co-operative foodstore off Holt Road and will finish at Cavell road.

She said she was feeling a bit embarrassed by all of the attention but felt very happy at the same time.

“Just doing it will be the best thing,” she said.

“It’s the one chance in my life I will get to do this.”

She is currently awaiting an operation in which the left side of her kidney will be removed.

Mum Melanie Poynter said: “I’m just so proud”

Another torchbearer carrying the flame in Cromer is Harry Heathfield, 20, of Holt.

He will be running from the bottom of the pier to Cromer Academy.

A volunteer first responder for the East of England Ambulance Service his dream is to become a pilot to deliver supplies to those in need.

He said: “I’m all hyped-up and pretty excited.

“I didn’t think too much of it before but as it gets closer I’m getting more and more excited.”

One of his main goals in life is to remain a “community focused person” to help others.

In the town there will be entertainment on the pier including dancers from the Pavilion Theatre’s Summer Seaside Special show and an Olympic firework display at 4.30pm.

The Cromer leg begins at 4.16pm, with the six torchbearers taking their turn to run along Holt Road, Hamilton Road, Garden Street and down the slope on to the promenade. It will leave the promenade via the slope and on to Jetty Street, High Street, Church Street and Norwich Road, where it will finish outside the Cromer Academy.

The other torchbearers are Nicky Wardale, Anna Mutimer, Chris Walker and Josie Andrews.

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