Proud moment for Ribble Valley Paralympic Torchbearers

The Paralympic Flame crosses Abbey Road Ribble Valley Torchbearers Lucy Priest, Ketaki Vaidya, Kenneth Maidens, Graham Helm, Christopher Tattersall cross the Abbey Road zebra crossing, as they carry the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Brent and The City of Westminster. (s)

The Paralympic Flame crosses Abbey Road Ribble Valley Torchbearers Lucy Priest, Ketaki Vaidya, Kenneth Maidens, Graham Helm, Christopher Tattersall cross the Abbey Road zebra crossing, as they carry the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Brent and The City of Westminster. (s)

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THE front cover of The Beatles’s 1969 Abbey Road album was recreated by the Ribble Valley’s team of Paralympic Torchbearers.

Crowds lined the street, cheered and waved Union Jacks as the proud torchbearers lined up at the crossing in St John’s Wood, north west London.

Team members included Clitheroe’s Chris Tattersall, who lost his sight at the age of 40 and is a founder member of the Ribble Valley Visually Impaired Group, Ken Maidens, from Clayton-le-Dale, who was diagnosed with macular degeneration in 1998 and is chairman of the Ribble Valley Visually Impaired Group, and Lucy Priest, of Chatburn, who qualified as a nurse in 1997 before losing her sight in 2001.

They were joined by two other torchbearers who live just outside of the Ribble Valley. These were Graham Helm who has lived in Bacup all his life and lost his sight four years ago and Ketaki Sheader, of Ramsgr eave, who was born with Albinism and grew up in India.

All five Ribble Valley and Rossendale torchbearers who paraded the flame across the iconic crossing which is outside the celebrated recording studios have been inspirational in different areas of the community, giving their time, knowledge and experience.

The team, who are aged between 30 and 81, were nominated to carry the torch by Sheila Greenwood who works as a rehabilitation officer for people with a visual impairment for Lancashire County Council.