Yesterday I welcomed the Olympic torch in Ealing, Southall with a crowd of hundreds. After spending time at the Southall Town Hall enjoying the festivities and meeting constituents, I stopped off at the McDonalds by the Iron Bridge in Hanwell. Dr Onkar Sahota, GLA member, local councillors and Dr Sanghwal also joined me to celebrate the torch relay in my constituency.
Yesterday was a very proud moment for my constituents and for me as an MP. 2011 was a fantastic year to celebrate the Royal Wedding and this year, 2012 has been brought even more glorious celebrations including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and now the Olympics. These celebrations have brought our nation together in hard times and have allowed us to come together with high spirits. Today has been especially important for me as I watch my family, including my grandchildren, enjoy this memorable event.
Torch bearer Chemmy Alcott honoured Ealing by taking dozens of photos with the community and for some, giving a wonderful opportunity to hold the torch. Chemmy was awarded the privilege and great sporting honour of bearing the torch for her home town in the Olympics London 2012 for her achievements in skiing. As a triple Olympian and seven time competitor in World Championships, she has proven her ability to continue her work despite a leg injury in 2010 that left her leg shattered. She is a sporting inspiration and one of many Torchbearers who have made our nation proud.