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by Rachael McCabe

Bringing the inspiration of the London 2012 Games to communities along the length and breadth of the country, Day 42 of the Olympic Torch Relay sees the Flame travel just over 112 miles from Nottingham to Derby. After a start at just before 8.15am the Relay passes in mid-morning through Newstead Abbey – the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron - and just after midday in Matlock Bath ascends to the Heights of Abraham, a country park and caverns set in 60 acres of woodland.

Carrying the Flame as it reaches Chesterfield at 12.45pm will be Torchbearer Shaun Morley. Selected by Lloyds TSB, Shaun - a dedicated father of two children - is the Chief Inspector for South Yorkshire Police and also the manager of the Team GB Wrestling team for London 2012. Shaun has served the sport for a number of years both as a competitor and manager, leading the team at the last Commonwealth Games.

After a mid-afternoon stop in the stately home of Chatsworth House, the Flame moves on through Bakewell before arriving around 5pm in Buxton where it will be proudly carried by Bill Weston MBE. Selected as a Torchbearer by Lloyds TSB, Bill founded the ‘Billerettes’ 36 years ago. A majorette troupe with a difference (they’re all men!) they have become an international attraction, bringing laughter and enjoyment to many and helping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. Bill has also been (among other voluntary posts) the Chairman of High Peak Mayoral Charities committee, an organiser of the High Peak Emergency Services Display Day and Buxton’s Town Crier - in 2004 he was awarded an MBE for outstanding contribution to his local community.

The day’s Relay ends at 7.20pm with an evening celebration at Darley Park in Derby.

This article was published on Monday 23 April, 2012.