AN Olympic torch bearer has carried the torch she held to the region to show it off to youngsters in local schools.

Maggie Glastonbury was asked to carry the torch through the centre of Bristol on May 23 due to her charity work.

The college lecturer, formerly of Ferryhill, County Durham, has raised money over the years for cancer charities and to help the poor in Peru.

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She has also brought the Olympic torch she carried to Ferryhill to show to pupils at Chilton Primary School, Chilton.

The torch runner also visited Lindisfarne House care home, in Newton Aycliffe, and Ferryhill History Society with the torch.

The trip was part of a visit home to see her parents Fred and Evelyn Haswell and the rest of her family.

She said: "It was a fantastic experience and the atmosphere was one of excitement and I’m surprised that so many people were there.

"It was important to show the torch to the children who will see the Olympics on the TV and it may encourage them to be more aware of sport."

Mrs Glastonbury has collected money over the years for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer charities amongst other causes fighting the disease.

She is also a volunteer with Kiya Survivors which helps Peruvians, in South America, including those who are disabled.

The fashion and textile lecturer at the SGS College, Bristol, carried the Olympic torch 300-metres during her run.