Former Emsworth teacher chosen for Olympic relay

PICKED Daphne Laycock
PICKED Daphne Laycock
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

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THE captain of a Girls Brigade group has been named as one of the Olympic torch bearers.

Daphne Laycock, from Emsworth, will join 8,000 carriers including injured service personnel, veterans and Olympic gold medallists in the run up to the 2012 games.

They will each carry the torch 300 metres across the length and breadth of the country before the opening ceremony.

Mrs Laycock, a former teacher at St James Primary School, in Emsworth, has captained the 1st Emsworth Girls Brigade for more than 20 years.

She was nominated for the honour for her work in the community.

As Girls Brigade Captain she has been a mother figure to hundreds of girls.

One of those is 18-year-old Becky Garfield who has been a member of the Girls Brigade for more than seven years.

She said: ‘Daphne is a true hidden star in the community.

‘I’m so glad she will finally be getting some recognition for all that she does for others. She’s a huge inspiration to me and I don’t know where I’d be without her.’

To find out more about the Olympic torch relay go to london2012.com.