Olympic Flame comes to Canterbury Cathedral

The Olympic flame stopped briefly at the Cathedral on Thursday 19th July as part of the official 70 day Torch Relay.

Crowds of spectators packed the Cathedral Precincts to witness the historic event. The applause was led by the Bishop of Dover and the Dean of Canterbury as Torch Bearer Thomas Clues (18) from Plaxton and the Flame entered the Precincts. In the shadow of the Cathedral’s iconic Bell Harry Tower outside the Southwest door, Thomas stood on the podium and presented the Flame to the cheering crowds.

Thomas was one of 16 inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Flame through the streets of the Canterbury. The eighteen year old was chosen as he is an inspirational young man who strives to live his life to the full. He was born with Cystic Fibrosis – a life-limiting condition. At 8, he had acute Myeloid Leukaemia and struggled with months of chemotherapy. He is one of life’s fighters, who has never let his health problems get him down and is described by his friends and family as a personality. Thomas enjoys amateur dramatics. He recently won an audition for the National Youth Theatre.


More information from: Emily Shepherd – 07876 210 446

Information on other torch bearers in Canterbury Diocese: https://www.canterburydiocese.org/olympics/