Flame may burn bright for Steve

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A SAFETY officer has been nominated to carry the Olympic torch at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Steve Offord, who lives in West Bletchley, devotes his time to making life safer and better for residents in the local area and now he might be rewarded for his hard work by being given the chance to run with the London 2012 Olympic flame.

In association with Lloyds TSB, members of the public are being encouraged to nominate the person they believe most deserves to carry the Olympic Flame as it tours the UK and Mr Offord has been one of the first to be picked out by organisers.

The 53-year-old works for West Bletchley Parish Council as a safety officer and his efforts are crucial in maintaining the high standards residents are used to.

However, Steve has recently received a slightly different email to those he is used to when he was nominated to take part in the Torch Relay alongside some of the good and the great of British sport – which will include David Beckham.

He said: “Carrying the flame would be a great honour and after seeing what would be involved I think that even more.

“I will be watching the Olympics for sure, even if you wouldn’t call me a diehard fan, but it would be wonderful to be able to be a part of it.

“I used to be a very keen runner and completed 10 half marathons as well as a 10km race.

“I really enjoyed the races, the training and raising money for charity.”

Mr Offord does have one particular issue which he cares about more than most and that is making sure the Olympics pass off without any unsavoury incidents.

He said: “The one thing I am worried about, and this probably comes about as part of my job, is the security of the games.

“I truly hope that there are no issues but people targeting the Olympics in London is a very real threat and one we should take seriously which I know the organisers will.”

To nominate yourself or someone else to be a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer with Lloyds TSB, visit www.lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame.

Nominations close on September 12. Terms and conditions apply.