North Berwick Rowing Club’s Ken Reid carried the Olympic Torch through Musselburgh on, Thursday 14 June. Ken washanded the Torch at around 0840 at the Musselburgh town sign on Edinburgh Road, and passed it on at New Road.
Ken was one of the early members of the North Berwick Rowing Club and acted as membership secretary for the first two years of the Club. He has raced regularly including at the first Anstruther regatta and at Portsoy. Ken was nominated as a torch bearer by Charlie Marshall, a friend and fellow member of NBRC, who felt that Ken’s involvement in a variety of sports in additon to rowing, including running, cycling and triathlon, along with a heavy involvement in organisations supporting disabled people in general and blind and partially sighted people specifically should be recognised. Ken, who was registered as Blind around 20 years ago following diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa has recently taken up office as Scottish President of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Ken was guided by David Lott, another Rowing Club member, who has taken part with Ken in various running events, including Marathons and the Edinburgh to North Berwick Road Race, in recent years.