THERE has been COMPLETELY UNFAIR criticism that these pages have not been more upbeat about the LONDON OLYMPICS… I’ve explained before that it’s ok to think we’ve all been treated a little shabbily and still look forward to a summer of sport.

One of the criticisms others have had about the Games is the torch relay, which it has been suggested in more than one place has become too infected by sponsors and friends of sponsors. As the torch explored the north east over the weekend, I think you’ll find some of the runners were more than deserving of their place. Take this chap:

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