Proctor & Gamble employee Wesley Reilly carried the Olympic Flame through Essex last Friday in front of 45,000 people, on behalf of the Newbridge-based manufacturing plant.
“Proctor & Gamble, who are one of the main sponsors of the Olympics, allocated a place for employees from each factory to go over to carry the torch,” said Portarlington man Wesley who has worked at the company’s Newbridge plant for the past 12 years.
“I was nominated based on the amount of charity runs I do. I went over last Thursday [week] to Essex where I carried the torch for 300 meters through Basildon. It was unbelievable - the fastest 300m you could imagine.”
There was a turnout of 45,000 people for the event in which runners passed the flame through London in relays.
“A young school boy passed the flame to me,” said Wesley who got to keep his torch as a memento of the experience.
“And I passed it on to a co-worker from the London plant. It was the biggest honour I would ever get and an emotional experience. At the start the build up was nerve wracking but then it just soaks you up. The torch is not heavy - it is about the weight of a bag of sugar.”