93-year-old Megan Collison holds Olympic Torch 64 years after she carried itBy Becky Barnes
August 03, 2012
A 93-year-old great grandmother held the Olympic Torch this year – 64 years after she first held the flame aloft.
Megan Collinson, a resident at St David’s Nursing Home, Ascot, first held the torch when it travelled along Windsor Road, Ascot, ahead of the 1948 games
And Reading torchbearer Rodger Hughes visited the home in Priory Road to give her the chance to hold it again on July 20 after hearing she was unable to see if pass through Ascot on July 10.
Staff at the home put on an Olympic party for Megan, her friends and family.
Megan’s son Vernon, 74, from Cheapside, Ascot, who arranged the visit, said: “It was a very nice occasion and she got all dressed up. We all held the torch and some of the residents’ families came along to see it.”
Megan, whose maiden name is Turner, was working as a housemaid in Sunningdale Road when the torchbearer let her hold the torch in 1948.
She lived in New Road, Ascot, before moving to the care home six months ago.
Her son added: “She is very much a local person. When she worked she was the lowest maid but when the people she worked for died, much to her surprise £280 was left to her.”
Megan’s sons Vernon and Trevor, granddaughter Emma, and great grandchildren Jake, Aaron, and Lauren all live in or near Ascot.