The daughter of blinded PC David Rathband carried the Olympic torch blindfolded in honour of her father.
PC Rathband's widow will not be attending the remembrance service this weekend but will go to his funeral
Memorial services have been planned to remember PC David Rathband on Tyneside
The daughter of PC David Rathband has carried the olympic torch blindfolded through the streets of the North East in honour of her late father. He died earlier this year after being shot and blinded in 2010.
– PC Rathband's widow, Kath
"It means so much to Mia and the family that she's been given this opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in her dad's place.
"It was a great honour for David to be nominated as a torch bearer by so many people and to be selected.
"I know he would be very proud to see his Mia carry the torch on his behalf this Saturday."
13-year-old Mia Rathband received the Olympic torch in Whitburn, South Tyneside, this morning. She is carrying the flame on the Gateshead to Durham leg of its tour of Britain. Mia is carrying the torch blindfolded in memory of her father, PC David Rathband, who was shot and blinded in 2010.
Mia Rathband carries the Olympic torch blindfolded in memory of her father, PC David Rathband.
Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service in Newcastle to celebrate the life of PC David Rathband. He was shot and blinded in 2010 and took his own life last month.
He was described as a remarkable man who was loved and admired by many.
The Dean of Newcastle speak to Tim Backshall about the memorial.
A service celebrating the life of PC David Rathband is about to get underway in Newcastle.
The memorial, organised by PC Rathband's family, is being held at St Nicholas Cathedral conducted by the Dean of Newcastle.