– 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."
The daughter of the late David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat, carried the torch in South Tyneside today in honour of her late father.