Torchbearer Lee sees stars

Cliff Richard and Lee Birmingham at the 2012 torch relay, Birmingham.
Cliff Richard and Lee Birmingham at the 2012 torch relay, Birmingham.
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AN Olympic torchbearer has been rubbing shoulders with some of the great and good of London 2012.

Lee Birmingham travelled to Birmingham to carry the Olympic torch into the city centre, and met a couple of famous faces along the way.

While aboard the coach carrying 24 torchbearers, Lee managed had a chat and a sing-song with pop legend Sir Cliff Richard.

Lee said: “It was just brilliant – words can’t describe the feeling of being part of something that big.

“Cliff was a real class act – he was asking everybody why they had been selected to carry the torch, before we all broke into a sing-along of Summer Holiday. Even though he is a massive celebrity, when he was on the bus, he was just one of us.”

The former Whitcliffe Mount pupil, who now lives in Wakefield, was nominated by his employer Cadbury’s to carry the torch.

The flame was passed to Lee by Joan Lewis, mother of former heptathlon star Denise Lewis.

He was cheered on by his wife Julie and children Abigail, 13, Thomas, 10, and other members of his family as he carried the torch to Birmingham Town Hall.