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The spotlight shines brightest on 'celebs'.

I CHEERED when I read the article by Ian Carbis ("Torch hijacked by celebrities", July 13).

I, like many, am fed up with celebrities getting in the news because they are carrying the torch.

It was meant to showcase outstanding ordinary folk who have worked tirelessly for their community, raising charitable funds for example.

Let me give you one story. On May 26 my husband and I picked up my blind friend Paul Jenkins at 4.15am. We were heading for the Millennium Centre to register to carry the torch that morning.

I walked with Paul across Clarence Bridge at 6.40am. Fortunately, it was a lovely day and even at that time there were crowds of well wishers cheering. It was wonderful.

However, there was one very big disappointment. Number one torchbearer that day was Matt Smith. Did he come to the Millennium Centre to meet us all? No! Did he get on the bus with us to be dropped off at his designated spot? No! Did he get back on the pick-up bus? You guessed it - no!

I was very annoyed especially as all the runners that day have raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

The TV news only showed Matt Smith running. It was as if the rest did not exist.

This is just one story. I know there must be others up and down the country. Just watch the national news and all you see are "celebs".

For all that, it was a wonderful day, though over in a flash, one I shall not forget. I have the pleasure of volunteering in the Olympic Park throughout the Games. Who will I see there I wonder? More celebs? * Chris McCarthy Rumney Cardiff

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* Doctor Who star Matt Smith carrying the Olympic torch through Cardiff
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 18, 2012
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