Red Arrows pilot’s widow from Morcott in line to carry Olympic torch

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THE WIFE of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging has been nominated to carry the Olympic torch ahead of the 2012 games.

Emma Egging joins thousands of other hopefuls who have been put forward to carry the torch as it makes its way around the country in the run-up to the opening ceremony in London.

It is being organised by Lloyds TSB which is looking for people who have supported their community to take part in the relay from May 19 until the opening ceremony on July 27.

Through her job at the British Museum, Mrs Egging has worked tirelessly to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Since her husband died at an airshow in Bournemouth last month she has set up the Jon Egging Trust to expand her community work.

Emma was nominated to carry the Olympic torch by her mother-in-law Dawn Egging.

She said: “Emma provides these young people with opportunities to discover a sense of self-worth and self esteem and the inspiration to achieve through the planning, organisation and provision of workshops at the museum.

“She also seeks to promote this excellent practice to other museums, art galleries, universities and institutions across the country and internationally.

“She and Jon were passionate in promoting this work and Emma has set up The Jon Egging Trust to take this work forward.”

Nominations for the relay have now closed and the successful applicants will be announced at the end of the year.

Other local nominees are Suzanne Wheatley, of Stamford, for her work with the Evergreen Care Trust and Stamford teenager Abi Cummings for her work to promote sport in schools.

Caroline Hattee, of Stamford, was also nominated for supporting sport in schools and Mike Newton, of Oakham. for his work at Vale Judo Club.

Nick Rickett, of Peterborough, was nominated for his work to develop the playing fields in Baston, Judie Allen, of Market Deeping, for her work at the Sue Ryder hospice in Peterborough and Richie Goodsell, of Bourne, for his efforts to promote sport in the area through circuit training workshops.