Paralympic Torch reward for Bath brave river rescuer
A Sainsbury's worker from Bath who rescued a drowning woman from the River Avon had his bravery recognised by being given the chance to carry the Paralympic torch.
Joe Morris, who lives in Foxhill and works at the firm's Odd Down supermarket, was nominated by his employers as somebody who deserved to carry the flame at Stoke Mandeville, the home of the disabled sport movement in Buckinghamshire.
The 20-year-old was also picked by his colleagues to be one of 70 Sainsbury's staff members from across the country to attend the Paralympics closing ceremony on Sunday night.
Mr Morris was featured in the Chronicle in March after he rescued a woman from the river, while working at the Green Park store and hearing her screams while on his break.
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He said being given the opportunity to carry the flame in front of so many people had been a privilege.
"It was amazing, surreal really. My flame was the first one to get lit, so when I held it up the crowd just went mad. Everyone was cheering," he said.
Since the event Mr Morris has taken his torch into Sainsbury's and shown it off to the customers.
Meanwhile two nurses from Bath also represented the city during the Paralympic torch relay.
Dora Witcomb and Hannah Lane were part of the team of volunteers from the charity Act2Africa, and carried it though Harrow.
Miss Witcomb said: "Being in Africa changes your perspective on life. Like the Paralympian athletes, the African people are so grateful for what they have, and don't focus on what they haven't. They're all inspirational."