Julie Smart

Stanstead Abbotts lady runs with Olympic flame in Hertford.

Saturday July 7th 2012

Olympic Torch Reaches Stanstead Abbotts!

Julie Smart from Stanstead Abbotts carried the Olympic Torch through Hertford as part of the Torch Relay where 8000 runners each took part in this massive 8000 mile relay throughout the UK.

Later she came to the Village Club in Stanstead Abbotts where I was able to speak to her and took some photographs. Note – I was wearing the Olympic tee-shirt which I purchased only two weeks before whilst visiting  Ancient Olympia where the flame was originally lit by the sun’s rays!

Julie told me that she had nominated herself to take part and below is her nomination story.

“I would like to take singing into schools to encourage children and to build their confidence, I was bullied as a child as my parents were divorced and I didn't look the same - I was a large girl - 5 feet 10 at the age of 13 and was very shy.”

“Passion; Music. I sing semi professionally - I sing to my children, sing to my family - I encourage new young singers to follow their dream and mentor them”  

Julie Smart

Article and photos:  Janet Dance

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Janet and Julie

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