Torch bearer’s family connection

Olympic torch bearer, David White, made time for a little family business when he visited DZG. 

Swimming coach David joined athletes at Friday’s annual St Thomas’s Network Community Games which took place in the courtyard of Dudley Castle, at the heart of the zoological gardens.

And at the end of the official opening he ventured out to Lemur Wood for a quick catch up with cousin, Malcolm Clements, who works in DZG’s Maintenance Department.

David, a tutor assessor for the Amateur Swimming Association, was chosen to carry the iconic torch as part of the nationwide relay in the run-up to the London games and travelled to Plymouth on Sunday.

He said: “It’s been a busy time, but I couldn’t come to Dudley Zoo without saying hello to Malcolm.”

Malcom added: “Our mothers were sisters and there’s a lot of history between our family and DZG – my dad worked here and both mums were employed on site in the 1950s and David has always kept in touch to know what’s going on with the collection.”

 

CAPTIONS: Olympic torch bearer David White says hello to his cousin, Malcolm Clements, who works in DZG’s Maintenance Department.

 

David joins athletes at Friday’s St Thomas’s Network Community Games which took place in the courtyard of Dudley Castle, at the heart of the zoological gardens.