Wisborough Green man is one of country’s oldest torchbearers

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PAUL Zetter is going to be one of the oldest carriers of the Olympic flame as it makes its way through the Midhurst and Petworth area on its way to London.

For Mr Zetter, who lives at Wisborough Green, will be just a week past his 89th birthday when he proudly takes his turn with the torch as it goes through Duncton on July 16.

His connection with sport goes back a long way. He was the first chairman of the SportsAid Foundation at its inception in 1976 and went on to support top athletes such as skate dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and the London Games’ organising committee chairman, Sebastian Coe.

Mr Zetter headed SportsAid until 1985 and during that time oversaw many great British triumphs.

Mr Zetter said: “I’d like to think Lord Coe, and the others we helped, would be very much behind me running with the torch.

“I am absolutely delighted and even more surprised. So many worthy people were nominated and so few were selected so I am an excited old man and I think it is going to be breathtaking, quite literally.”

The organising committee has also announced that Emma Johnston-Jones, 35, from Billingshurst will be among the torchbearers. She will be carrying the flame on its leg through Petworth.