Tynemouth Olympic torch bearer expecting a day to remember – Video

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A MAN who is carrying the Olympic torch when it visits North Tyneside on Friday is expecting it to be a day to live long in the memory.

Neil Weir was given the honour after being nominated by a colleague from work for his efforts raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Neil Weir from Wallsend who is carrying the Olympic Torch through Tynemouth.

Neil Weir from Wallsend who is carrying the Olympic Torch through Tynemouth.

After recovering from a serious knee operation, Neil got himself fit by swimming regularly before taking part in the Great North Swim and raising almost £500 pounds for the cancer charity.

He’ll be carrying the torch in Tynemouth on Friday afternoon.

Neil said: “It’s a huge honour to be given this opportunity and it’s something that I’ll always remember.

“My family are very, very proud and its fantastic for the North East to showcase why it’s such a special place.”

To see Neil talk about how proud he feels, click on the video player above...