Norfolk ju-jitsu grandmother and lollipop lady set to carry the olympic torch

A Norfolk lollipop lady is now readying herself to carry the Olympic torch.

Ranworth grandmother Ena Mallet, 78, the only woman to hold a 7th dan black belt in one form of ju-jitsu, was nominated 11 times to be the county's torchbearer.

She has helped the children of Fairhaven Primary School in South Walsham cross safely for 27 years, as well as teaching ju-jitsu and keep fit classes, and gardening with passion at school and home.

And unsurprisingly, the alive and very much kicking black belt gran is not fazed by the prospect.

'I'm not worried, I keep myself fit. I'm just honoured that people would nominate me and think me capable,' Mrs Mallet said.


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The mother of two built her bungalow on Common Road with her husband 40 years ago, where she still lives.

She said: 'I want to do it for the people of Norfolk.'

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She would like to carry it through Acle, and will have a big following. People have stopped their cars at the school, not just obeying her orders, but to call her 'mega star', and 'famous lady'.

• Have you been nominated to carry the Olympic torch? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk.

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