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MP lends support to young Starbeck Olympic author.

Andrew Jones MP with Scott Stockdale, a copy of his book and the Olympic Torch
Andrew Jones MP with Scott Stockdale, a copy of his book and the Olympic Torch

Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has boosted a young Starbeck author who has written a book about his experience as a torchbearer at the recent Olympic Games.

Scott Stockdale of Victoria Terrace, Starbeck, is donating all the proceeds from the sale of his book to the Physical Education department at King James School.

The book – “Kindling to inferno” – is available on Amazon retailing at £7.99 or for Kindle for £3.08 or can be ordered directly from Scott by emailing him at

Mr Stockdale recounts his experiences of sport volunteering over the last few years, including visiting Andrew Jones in Parliament with a local sports group, which led to him being nominated as a torchbearer and finally carrying the Olympic Torch.


Andrew commented:

Writing a book is quite a feat at any age. To have done so at the age of sixteen and to have been an Olympic Torchbearer too is quite incredible. The book is closely aligned to Scott’s sporting activities and so it is fitting, and generous of Scott too, to donate all the proceeds of the sale to buying sports equipment for King James School in Knaresborough.


Scott, pictured with Andrew and a copy of his book, added:

I’m very grateful for Andrew’s support. My book answers all those questions that people ask about how I became an Olympic torchbearer and what the whole experience involved. In giving the profits to my school’s PE department I am recognising the amazing work done by my teachers and giving something back to sport which has already been such an important part of my life.


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