SPECIAL MEMORIES: Jim Lindley was among 10 torchbearers who yesterday relived the memories of the 1956 Olympic torch relay.
SPECIAL MEMORIES: Jim Lindley was among 10 torchbearers who yesterday relived the memories of the 1956 Olympic torch relay. Chris Ison Rokctorch

Rocky torchbearer remembers the day he carried the flame

JIM Lindley felt like a teenager again yesterday as he shared his memories of the historic 1956 Olympic torch relay.

The 74-year-old was among 10 torchbearers who gathered at the Rockhampton library to mark the 57th anniversary of the relay passing through Central Queensland.

"It was fantastic," Jim said of the celebration. "I felt like I was 17 again, remembering the stories and listening to them.

"It's only now I realise I've done something in my life that a lot of other young people will never get to do. I'm really proud of that."

Jim trained for the event doing circuits of the Callaghan Park Race Course. He carried a tin can full of stones on the end of a broomstick to represent the torch.

Jim was 17 when he ran his 1.6km leg of the relay, about 210km north of Rockhampton.

The flame was relayed down the east coast of Australia, from Cairns to Melbourne.



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