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93 year old Thora carries torch

Thora Beddard aged 93

Thora Beddard aged 93 - going on 21. At 40 Thora learnt to swim; aged 60 she discovered yoga; on turning 70, Thora chose abseiling and later modelled lingerie for the older generation on TV; in her 80's Thora passed her English GCSE and aged 84 carried the Commonwealth batten in Manchester.

Today she said carrying the Olympic torch through Oldham before it left the North West was, "A highlight of my life."


Olympic torch in Rawtenstall

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Little Thomas brought his own torch Credit: Victoria GrImes ITV
Even the Queen came to cheer the torch on along Burnley Road Credit: Victoria Grimes
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