A WOMAN from Bridgwater has told the Mercury of the moment she gripped the Olympic Torch, which passed through Somerset this week (May 21).

Claire Cummings, 36, from Coronation Road, couldn’t believe her luck when she got to hold the torch at a promotional event by Coca Cola at the Atlantic Hotel in Cornwall last summer.

She said: “We were visiting friends at the hotel and there were loads of people there with the Olympic torch.

“I wasn’t asked to attend the event, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and I had my photo taken with the torch.

“They were speaking about the torch and how it was going to take place and I thought it was relevant since the torch has passed through Somerset.”