An insiders account of the Olympic Torch Relay - Bodmin
21 May 2012
Julian Wills and daughter Seren with the Olympic Torch
It has been estimated that over 100,000 people watched the
Olympic Flame pass through Cornwall over the weekend - that is 20%
of the population. sported. Regional Manager Julian Wills was lucky enough to carry the
Flame through Bodmin and here he reflects on his experience:
"This was truly the most amazing day. A day for the people of
Cornwall to be extremely proud of and an unbelievable experience
for all torchbearers.
There was a real feeling of pride and respect for the torch
bearers, with hundreds of people shaking torch bearers hands,
wishing them luck, and trying to get a photo with the amazing
London 2012 Torch.
I class myself as very fortunate to have had the honour of
running with the Torch. It is a day I will never forget. I felt
that I was representing all the people who have supported me
throughout my career and all those who I have had the pleasure of
working and participating in sport with.
On Sunday 20 May I was fortunate enough to be invited to be
guest speaker at the Redruth Charity Trust 'Sports Awards' evening.
Over 300 people attended the event, and I was able to share the
story of my day as a torchbearer and allow attendees to be
photographed with the torch. The awards evening epitomises what
sported. and the Olympic Legacy is all about - supporting local
community groups who offer sports opportunities to young people
from challenging backgrounds, providing opportunities and changing
In the BBC's live coverage, they noted the extra flare
Julian brought to his leg of the relay: "Julian Wills adds a
personal touch to his leg of the relay with a twirl of his arm and
some nifty high steps."