Woolsack at South Shields Torch Relay
Nicky Butler (North East Local Contact) obtained official permission to be in the South Shields Torch Relay enclosure this morning, 16 June) and to present cushions to Haile Gebrselassie and Brendan Foster. Haile received a cushion made by Alison Castle, who has been contributing so much to Woolsack over many months. As Nicky approached Brendan to give him his cushion (made by Jenny Hunt, a local maker) he said,
"Is this an Olympic cushion. Oh Good!"
A short interview with Nicky was filmed by BBC Look North and press photos were taken. Brendan also took one of Nicky's cushions to give to Paula Radcliffe.