Popular ex-brownie leader Bridget carries Olympic torch

The Olympic torch has been and gone through the streets of Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Fulham. And as usual, the ‘celebrities’ have gobbled all of the headlines.

Granted, the likes of BBC legend Bruce Forsyth and England rugby stars Lewis Moody and Lawrence Dallaglio aren’t bad names when it comes to star power.

However, there was one local star – in popular Hammersmith ex-brownie leader Bridget Stevenson – who was honoured with carrying the torch up North End Road in Fulham.

Bridget made the headlines in 2009 for kicking up a stink after she was forced to retire from her volunteer brown owl post by Girlguiding UK once she reached her 65th birthday!

But after her Olympic honour last Thursday, the former leader of the 15th Hammersmith Brownies told me:

“I have to say it was a fantastic experience, such a great honour and such a thrill! I really loved every minute of it. It was such an amazing feeling to be running (well
actually I thought I was running but the guys beside me were walking which I thought was a bit cheeky!) with the torch with hundreds of people cheering all the way.

“The excitement was intense, the symbolism of the flame was moving and the wonderful support of so many friends and family made the whole thing just perfect. It’s a moment I shall remember forever!”

Congratulations Bridget!