Paul Collingwood privileged to carry the Olympic Torch

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood said it was thrilling to be given the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 17, 2012

Former England cricketer Paul Collingwood started a 30-day tour of the Olympic Torch tour around England and Ireland.

Collingwood, as a gesture, turned the flame upside down and appeared to imitate a cover drive in front of the Durham Cathedral.

When asked about the opportunity to carry the torch, former all-rounder replied it was a thrilling experience.

He was quoted by The Northern Echo as saying, “I am like a kid at Christmas. It’s not ideal timing to break a bone in my right hand as I was going to carry it in that hand.

“It’s going to be a great day, everyone has smiles on their faces – I certainly have a smile on mine.

“I feel really privileged. It’s great to have my hands on the Olympic Torch.

“It’s great to show off Durham and it’s fantastic to have the choir playing, the cathedral and to walk through the Market Place. It really is a dream.”