Torch relay gives Calder Valley flood appeal a boost

The White Robbon replay runners, members of the fire service,  civic guests and members of the public prepare to send Chris's torch on its way to raise money for flood relief
The White Robbon replay runners, members of the fire service, civic guests and members of the public prepare to send Chris's torch on its way to raise money for flood relief

DeLighted Chris Green was backed by a mascot, a mayor and a multitude of well-wishers as he gave his Olympic torch another airing - this time to aid the Calder Valley flood victims.

Chris, of Hebden Bridge, founder of the Mytholmroyd-based White Ribbon campaign against male violence to women, set off on Saturday from Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Walsden, and was joined for a mile of the journey by Todmorden Mayor Abid Hussain. Buster Bear, mascot of First Bus, with First employees and firefighters, accompanied Chris via Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd where people could have their pictures taken with the torch, raising sponsorship cash and collecting donations en route.