Squadron leader soars to new heights

THE MAN credited with bringing Whitby Air Training Corps to new heights could yet reach a higher plateau himself after being nominated to run with the London 2012 Olympic Torch.

In association with Lloyds TSB members of the public are being encouraged to nominate the person they believe most deserves to carry the Olympic Flame as it tours the UK and squadron leader Martyn Marsh has been one of the first to be picked out.

The 58-year-old was put forward by his cadets after saving Whitby Air Training Corps from closure, raising its membership from six to nearly 40 since January 2010.

Despite admitting to nerves if given the chance to shine at London 2012 in the torch relay, Skelton resident Marsh insisted it was an opportunity of a lifetime.

“It is sinking in now just what an honour it is to be nominated by my squadron and it means a lot to me,” Bolton Court resident Marsh said.

“I am not one for the spotlight though so there would be nerves if I was to do it and I might trip up and break it which would be awful but it would be great to do it.

“It is very kind of my squadron to put me forward and it shows they appreciate what I have done for them but what they don’t realise is it is down to their efforts as well.

“In these days teenagers get bad press but the ones we have are a great bunch and do lot of community work and everyone is very appreciative of their efforts.

“We were in danger of closing as we were well below the required number of ten and before people were saying ‘Whitby hasn’t got an Air Training Corps’ but we have proved them wrong and I am very proud.

“It’s the staff that’s come on board and the cadets themselves that have made the squadron improve.”

Marsh’s efforts were highlighted earlier this year as Whitby picked up the Wing Sports Trophy, beating off competition from 27 other squadrons in doing so.

And with the peak of the world’s sporting talents set to strut their stuff at London 2012 Marsh is pinching himself that he could play his part too.

“Unfortunately because of where I live and the cost of travel and accommodation I didn’t actually apply for Olympic tickets even though I would have loved to go,” he added.

“So I am looking forward to potentially being a part of it all and having a front row seat, it would be amazing.”

To nominate yourself or someone else to be a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer with Lloyds TSB, visit www.lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame.

Nominations close on 12 September.

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