‘It’s a day I’ll never forget,’ says royally appointed Jon

Scout volunteer Jon Sayer carried the Olympic torch through London
Scout volunteer Jon Sayer carried the Olympic torch through London

A SCOUT volunteer has spoken of his “unbelievable honour” at being a royally appointed Olympic torch bearer.

Jon Sayer was nominated by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to carry the flame in London last Thursday on the penultimate day of the torch relay.

He also met Kate, who is a volunteer with the Scout Association, and talked to her about the scouting movement.

“It was an unbelievable honour - a day I won’t forget for a long time,” Jon said.

“I got to meet Kate afterwards and we spoke at great length about what we do with our scouts. She does exactly the same activities on a weekly basis as we do. She said she was loving it.

“We spoke about the flame and I said: ‘Thank you for nominating me’.

“She said: ‘I didn’t put you here. You put yourself here’.”

Jon, 33, was nominated for his inspirational volunteering. In addition to his scout role, he is also a special police constable in the upper Calder Valley.

Last year he received a special commendation for rescuing a man from the River Calder in Todmorden.

Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern, Calderdale’s Divisional Commander, said: “Jon is without doubt a truly inspirational volunteer who dedicates many hours of his own time to help his local community.

“Without a second thought for his own safety, Jon put his own life at risk to save the life of another.

“To be asked to carry the Olympic flame is fitting recognition of his commitment to his local community.”