AN HONOUR to be involved in a piece of history, that was Albaston schoolgirl Jessie Tait's view of carrying the Olympic torch during its Plymouth leg on Saturday.
Jessie, 14, said it was a bit scary getting off the bus and seeing thousands of people waiting to catch a glimpse and actually touch the torch: 'I was quite nervous to start with but then really excited. It was great to be involved and the Queen's Head pub raised the money so I can keep the torch, which is brilliant.'
Jessie was cheered on by her family, including a number of family members from Yorkshire.
Her mother, Polly, said it was emotional but absolutely wonderful to see her daughter take part:?'She was a bit nervous but was on the coach with the military wives so they had a bit of a sing-song beforehand.'
Jessie was at Delaware Primary School to judge an Olympic torch design competition on Monday and Tamar Valley Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon where Churches Together laid on a cream tea event, serving up 1,000 during the afternoon.
The Callington Community College student was nominated by her parents for the torch relay and was chosen as an inspiration to other young people.
She was the Young Volunteer of the Year with CATS (Community Action Through Sport) 2011 in the Callington and Saltash area.
She was also chosen because of her community work, which includes being a match day steward for Launceston RFC, a St John Ambulance member and a Scout.
Some 81 people attended the cream tea, at Tamar Valley, and although technically they were being offered as free, donations were invited and at Tamar Valley some £200 was given, for Christian Aid.