London bombing survivor Lisa carries Olympic Torch

Lisa French, from Longbenton, carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg in Amble.
Lisa French, from Longbenton, carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg in Amble.
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LISA French, from Longbenton, carried the torch through Amble this morning.

“It was amazing, the people of Amble came out in the pouring rain to support us so a massive thank you to them,” she said.

“Everyone was so excited and it has been great fun.

“It was quite emotional, being in the convoy.

“It’s the first time in seven years I have been on a bus and felt comfortable and, dare I say, happy.”

The 37-year-old, who was nominated by her sister Sharleen, found herself on board the No 30 bus when it exploded in Tavistock Square in London on July 6, 2005.

Sharleen said: “Lisa has been on an amazing personal journey.

“To make sense of the suffering and pain she carries from that day, Lisa has become an advocate for peace, and has touched the lives of many with her positive thoughts and deeds.

“Carrying the Olympic torch is an emotional and symbolic milestone to mark another step in her remarkable recovery.”

The News Guardian website has reporters and photographers out and about in North Tyneside to capture the historic moment as the Olympic Torch Relay passes through the borough.

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