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Honour for Nicky

A second Hethersett resident has been chosen to carry the London Olympic Torch when it comes to Norfolk in July.

Nicky Wardale, leader of the Hethersett Ducklings Playgroup, will be running with the torch in Cromer on July 4th and has spoken about her excitement and pride at being chosen from thousands of nominees. 

"I am absolutely overwhelmed by this honour. The Olympics are a symbol of hopes and dreams. I know I will be very emotional on the day. It makes me emotional just to think about it," Nicky said.

Nicky was nominated by sport mad husband Ali and their two children - Chris (22) and Holly (20). The honour is in recognition of her work with the Ducklings since it started 20 years ago. At that time it met in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall before moving to a purpose built unit in the grounds of Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School in 2008.

Nicky began as a parent helper and, over the years, has worked her way up to become playgroup leader. The position now attracts a considerable amount of admin work which Nicky undertakes in the evenings. She also has to keep fully abreast of new legislation. Ducklings now meets five mornings a week.

Nicky says she can't wait until her seaside visit. She will be given a replica of the torch which will take pride of place in her home.

"As a family we love the Olympics and this will be a memory that will stay with me for ever," Nicky added.

Hethersett Parish Councillor and Chair of the village Olympic Committee Shane Hull will be running with the torch at Acle on July 5th - the day it pays a special visit to Hethersett.