Olympic Torch honour for inspirational Beverley actress Lindsey Chapman
AN ACTRESS who hails from Beverley will carry the Olympic torch on Monday.
Lindsey Chapman, 27, was nominated for the honour by her flatmates in Manchester, where she is now based.
She takes the fun of the stage to youth groups, children and detention centres across the UK, showing them something they may never have experienced before.
Ahead of her moment in the spotlight, she visited Lockington Primary School where she was once a pupil.
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She said: "I am so excited to be doing this in Beverley because I went to Lockington Primary School.
"It is only a little school and when I was there, I thought I was going to be in the Olympics because I was the fastest in my school.
"I then moved on to Beverley High and realised I maybe was not quite as good and I got into theatre.
"It is amazing to be carrying the torch. I can't believe it.
"I am so proud to be running with it in the place where I am from. I love Beverley."
Lindsey uses her love of acting to inspire disadvantaged children.
She aims to use the creativity to support youngsters in realising their potential, showing them the theatre is not just for the middle and upper classes.
She said: "There is nothing like being on the stage.
"I believe drama has the power to change the world for the better.
"I use my passion to inspire young people by developing their creative and social skills raising their ambitions and realising their goals.
"When I'm acting, I can be anything I want to be. I want to take that feeling out to the wider community and encourage others to get involved.
"I wish to preserve the heritage of our past through literature and art as well as looking forward to an innovative and co-operative future.
"One of my main goals is to take theatre to communities where it wouldn't normally be seen, especially the plays of Shakespeare, in northern accents."
Lindsey will carry the torch on Monday in Beverley.