Torchbearer turns on lights

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An Olympic torchbearer will help switch on the lights at the famous Matlock Bath Illuminationst this weekend.

Megan Mosedale, who carried the Olympic flame through Ashbourne, will be the guest of honour as Derbyshire Dales District Council’s 115th Matlock Bath Illuminations burst into life.

The 14–year–old has Elhers Danlos Syndrome, a condition which means her joints can dislocate suddenly and painfully, yet she smiled all the way down Ashbourne’s Buxton Hill as she carried the Olympic Torch through a guard of honour created by Shrovetiders.

The chairman of the district council, Tony Millward, will share the duties on the night.

He said: “The opening night of Matlock Bath Illuminations is also a big occasion for the Derbyshire Dales and I wanted Megan to be part of it as my guest of honour.”

Megan said: “This has been a really special year for me.

“Even now the Olympics have been and gone, people still want to see the Torch and I’m really looking forward to taking it along to the first night of the Illuminations.”

The grand switch-on will be performed in the Derwent Gardens at 8pm on Saturday and the event lasts until October 27.

Further information is available by visiting www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk