Hospital visitor Alan a shining light for patients

Olympic relay runner Alan Hoyle met the staff on Ward 8 at North Tyneside General Hospital.
Olympic relay runner Alan Hoyle met the staff on Ward 8 at North Tyneside General Hospital.

THE Olympic torch is still lighting up lives in North Tyneside over a month after it was carried through the borough.

Olympic relay runner Alan Hoyle took his torch to along to North Tyneside General Hospital in North Shields to share his memories of the day with patients too poorly to watch the event at the time.

The 28-year-old, of Blyth, carried the torch through Tynemouth on Friday, June 15, and described it as one of the best days of his life.

He said: “The crowds lined the route all the way along the Broadway to Tynemouth Front Street.

“Their support was fantastic, but I realised that there are a lot of people who couldn’t come along because they were ill or were caring for the sick.

“That’s why I wanted to go to hospitals to show the patients and the staff the torch.”

“I hope that in some small way it will make them feel involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The torch relay is now heading through Kent on its 62nd day and is due to arrive in London a week tomorrow.