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Olympic torch turns pink for Reading gay rights procession

A former Reading Pride chairwoman is hoping to persuade the town to let her carry a pink Olympic Torch
Get Reading were the first to report the specially made pink Olympic torch to be carried by Lorna McArdle

A lesbian is hoping to persuade her English town to use a pink Olympic torch to raise awareness of gay rights.

Lorna McArdle, 43, will be Reading's first torchbearer on 10 July as it makes it way around British towns and cities, local newspaper Get Reading reports.

She hopes a sea of pink clothing and decorations will greet the flame when it comes to southern English borough.

McArdle, former chairwoman of Reading Pride, says her aim is to help bring a new diversity and acceptance of sexuality within the community of Reading.

On the London 2012 website, she says: 'Sexuality is still very much a hidden with a lot of people and Reading Pride encourages inclusion not exclusion of all diversity.’

A former music teacher, McArdle says she is starting to feel the pressure and wants to see plenty of cheering faces wearing pink.

Also the winner of the 2010 Pride of Reading Award, pink Union Jack flags will also be on sale along the torch's route. All funds will be donated to local charities.

Over 8000 torchbearers have been carrying the Olympic flame through more than 1000 cities, towns and villages in the UK.

It ends its journey as it lights the cauldron at the opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium, marking the beginning of the games on 27 July.

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