Paul Giblin, one of the Directors of Phonic FM will be one of Exeter’s Olympic torch bearers.
Nominated for his extensive voluntary work in coordinating Exeter’s Respect festival since 2003, Paul has guided the city’s annual diversity celebration from its first year at Exeter Phoenix to its current status as Exeter’s biggest community event. Respect in the Park saw more than 20,000 attendees last year.
Paul’s nomination also recognised his unpaid work for Phonic FM – Exeter’s sound alternative.
Paul said: “I’m incredibly excited and deeply honoured to bear the torch. I really am thrilled to be representing Respect and Phonic and will be running on behalf of the many volunteers who keep the heart of the city culture and conscience beating.
He added: “I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed all the Facebook comments asking me not to drop the torch or fall over, offering to turn up with a box of matches, asking if I would wear my bum bag, saying I’d lied about my age and name, being jealous sick and even pledging to take smoking again to get a light.”
The torch comes to cathedral green in the evening on Sunday 20 May. It leaves The Quay early in the morning on Monday 21 may. Paul will be one of the runners taking the torch from The Quay out along Alphington Road.
Phonic FM will be there offering support and cheering him on.