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Spirit of endeavour, something our country knows loads about and I
need it now. Here we go! The perfect landing for Bear Grylls and
that flame is still very much alight! Muhammed Ali says carrying
the Olympic torch was his biggest achievement, so that tells you how
much it means to carry the Olympic torch. Fantastic. Look at the
crowds. Come on! We have come to look at the torch and the weather
is absolutely gorgeous. To be honest, I don't know where I am.
I'm standing on a track in front of loads of people having the best
moment of my life. I wouldn't have missed for the world. Everybody
Tonight, we welcome the flame that may well start the biggest party
Britain's ever seen, the London 2012 Olympic Flame. The start of
the journey, limbia, Greece. Lit by the rays of the sun -- Olympia,
Greece. Lit by the rays of the sun, but the relay is involving 8,000
people. It touched down in the UK. The Olympic flames burns on British
soil at last! A transfer by Sea King helicopter, to the western-
most tip of England, Land's End. Into the safe hands of Britain's
finest sailor, three time Olympic gold medallist, Ben Ainslie. This
will build up around the country and it's a great thing, it gives
everyone a chance to feel part and build that up to the Games. It's
been incredibly emotional and I'm going to start crying now. As the
relay begins so a message goes from torchbearer to torchbearer, this is
your moment to shine. It's like a blessed moment and a surreal moment
and I can't believe it moment, all at the same time. I'm so grateful
for everyone getting up. It was unbelievable. Better than I could
ever have imagined. We know how to celebrate tradition and we do it
well, and especially here in Wootton Bassett. Leaving the West
Country, the torch is heading for Wales, heading for rare sunshine.
Carried by the famous and people simply nominated by friends and
family. Each bearer with a story to tell. The fine weather has
certainly contributed to a wonderful turnout here in Monmouth.
On day one in Wales, one of the bearers through the town of
Blaenavon is 28-year-old David. He's been blind since the age of
seven and has recently undergone a heart transplant. I wouldn't go as
far as to say I'm ready to run the London Marathon yet, but... I was a
bit nervous. Not so much a dropping the torch, but maybe burning my
head! I didn't think I would be here this year, so to be here and
be able to carry the torch has been one year to remember. Cardiff and a
leg run by Wales rugby captain, Sam Warburton, rugby Royalty. And the
Timelord himself, Doctor Who. This is for the ageless. Those of my age.
Karen Burrows of Swansea, whose daughter died aged 22 months,
nominated by her sister Tracey, whose husband died at aged 42.
Everyone person on the bus had a story and it was so emotional and
when it got to the stop I started crying. There's a photo of me going,
"I've got the torch." Obviously I'm a bit of an athlete, so I wanted to
run, but everybody was saying take your time and enjoy your moment,
milk it a bit and make the most of it. Everybody wanted to touch the
torch. Perfect strangers wanted to stroke me. I never expected to feel
the way I did on that particular That's it Peter, well done.
Brilliant. Is that the first you've run for a while? No, not at all,
cheeky sod. Chris Moyles to carry the torch in Aberystwyth. After
that, the only way is up, all the way up Snowdon. To a legend of
mountaineering. I'm quite emotional about it, because I started
climbing here in Snowdonia 60 years ago and I've been to the summit
many, many times. I actually brought in the new year at the age
of 17 here on top of Snowdon in 1952, so I think to be asked to
carry this torch here means an awful lot. Chris Bonington, the
highest man in England and Wales. My teacher is carrying the torch.
The last torchbearer on the last day in Wales was one very
skpepbtant Hayley Lynch from her -- expectant Hayley Lynch. There were
thousands of people and I was really hot. When they give me my
date and I was due on 27th I thought I was pushing it, but he'll
stay put. I've been talking to him and said a little prayer. As we
walked along my hands were shaking, but I powered through. I kept
smiling. It was very hard to smile all that way. Half way, there was a
hill and I looked at it and I thought I've got to go up the hill
and they said, "You haven't finished yet. There's still a way
to go." But I made it. She did it. Like Hayley, we'll hang on a little
longer. Back into England and in Broseley near Telford the story of
Ricky Ferguson, corporal Ricky furg son from the 4th Battalion The
Rifles, blown up in Afghanistan -- Ferguson, from the 4th Battalion
The Rifles, blown up in Afghanistan. Ricky as he was. Five times he went
to help wounded comrades before he was caught in the blast that cost
him both his legs and left eye and fingers on both hands. You can sit
and be depressed or get up and get your legs on and live your life the
way you did before and that's what I do. I can't wait to get to the
top! If I stop I won't carry on. He's an absolute amazing guy and
today he's going to walk 100 metres up that hill with no legs. What he
did over in Afghanistan, you know, went in five times to help people
out, to do all that, honestly I can't tell you how much we love
that bloke. I've done enough walking. We're proud of you, well
done. Did you enjoy it, mate? I got to the top of the hill I was
knackered. I've done loads of interviews. I thought I'd never get
to the pub. Day 13 and having a laugh with the appliance of science.
This is John bishop and this is the very big Lovell tep exol at Jodrell
Bank in chess -- telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. I don't
like heights. The whole experience of holding it is fantastic. It's
more emotional than you imagine and then obviously getting on to the
top and getting soaking wet, so I've got pneumonia and I'm going to
sue the Olympic committee! everybody from Liverpool got wet.
Here's the torch on the ferry across the Mersey. A crowd of
20,000 at the Pier Head to greet the torch carried by Craig Lundberg,
blinded by serving in Iraq. does it feel? It feels great and
amazing and we have got one of the most beautiful docks in the world
and the picture that the photographers must be taking must
look amazing. Meet Thora Beddard, aged 94 and a right bundle of
energy. I learnt to swim at 40 and at 73 I went abseiling and then I
took my GCSE at Stockport College when I was 83 and I got it.
Carrying the torch through the crowd was just something - it's in
describable. I knew I had to wave and carry the torch and smile. And
carry on walking. I walked slow you, I can assure you and by the time I
turned I was grateful when I saw the other girl waiting for me. The
secret of growing old is the fact that you've got to keep active,
physically, mentally and socially. You've got to be among people.
wonders of the Isle of Man. You can take a tour using leg power, but
here the only way to get around is by bike. The first time the Olympic
torch has been on the TT course on a race day and it's awesome. I feel
pleased with myself because I got to carry the Olympic torch and this
is the day I'll never forget. the Isle of Man, the short hop
across the water to Northern Ireland. A short hop that is for
the giants would laid down the stepping stones on the North Antrim
coast. And from the giants cause way to a shy, big man from Belfast.
I'm Gerrard McCartan and my wife jom nated me. I -- nominated me to
carry the torch. We lost our son Danny to suicide seven years ago
and when I was campaigning for a suicide prevention strategy I was
doing it for Danny, but Danny was with me. Anybody who is feeling in
a dark area, look at the Olympic torch and think there's light at
the end of the tunnel and all you When she was running up the avenue
and up the steps, it was just so emotional. Unreal with the backdrop
of Stormont in the background. Oh god. The experience of a lifetime.
You get to meet everybody else who's running with the torch today.
And we're all sitting in the bus like Elvis impersonators ready to
go out in our white suits and go, "Uh-huh-huh!" Mary Peters,
pentathlon gold medalist 40 years ago. And from yesterday to a star
of tomorrow. I'm Francie Stokes. I'm 14. I'm current Irish boxing
champion for my weight and age. I'm carrying the Olympic torch in the
relay in Magheramason. I'm a member of the travelling community and no-
one thought I could do it because of who I am. I want to prove them
all wrong and carry the Olympic torch. I want to be in the 2016
Olympics to box, cos everything is This moment carried huge symbolism.
Two boxers, Wayne McCullough, a Protestant and Michael Carruth, a
Catholic, together on the border. The flame's onward journey to the
Republic, a gesture of harmony between the countries and the wider
Olympic family. To be part of Irish history is just fantastic. Just to
cross the border is a big, big thing. A big, big step, believe me.
It's a thing you're never going to get in a lifetime. It's great that
myself and Wayne have done it here at the border. A great moment in my
life. Down to Dublin, through the fair city, not with Molly Malone,
but Jedward. Former Olympian Sonya O'Sullivan completes the journey in
the Republic of Ireland. And from Dublin, back to Belfast. And on Day
20 into Scotland through Stranraer See what I mean? They should have
No higher point than the top of Ben Nevis. The sun is out in Scotland.
Couldn't ask for a better day. Yeah, awesome. And as high as you can go
on mainland Britain. Even higher, to the island of Hoy in Orkney. And
here to meet 24-year old Sean There you go, my darling. He's
given folk a lot of pleasure with hugs and smiles and the rest of it.
It's just a really friendly place. Because of all the different
experiences he's had as an ambassador to people with Down's
Syndrome to show not just what folk with Down's Syndrome can do and
achieve. Congratulations. It's just another thing that adds to his view
of life. Really really proud that he did it on his own. We sometimes
have to give him some back up with general life. But when you saw him
running there with the torch smiling and waving he was just the
From Orkney up to the Shetlands and back to mainland Scotland. The
journey south to Aberdeen. A long drive. Well, a three-wood for Colin
Montgomery. It was nice to see the last lady there, Evelyn, who's
fostered over 100 children here in this area and those are the sort of
people who deserve to carry the torch. South to West Sands Beach in
Saint Andrews, the home of golf. But today, an Olympic town. A re-
enactment of the scene shot here for the Oscar-winning film Chariots
of Fire. The story of runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell at
Today is also about another runner, Andrew Coogan, nominated by his
nephew, the wonder cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy. Great Uncle Andy's
promising athletics career was cut short by the Second World War. He
spent four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. I always
hoped and prayed to God every day that the war wouldn't last, you
know. So I could come back to my sport, you know. Chris Hoy was
interested in me doing it because he knew what I'd done in the past.
He knew all about me, you know. He beat me one day in a race. I really
didn't like him for it. Folk began to take an interest. I was
surprised people were interested in me carrying it. They kept asking me
in the golf club. I forgot all about it. It was very emotional to
see. He's 95 years of age. To see how many people in the community
came out to support him, it was phenomenal. I don't want to let
anybody down. Manage to do it, The end of Day 26 and the last leg
in Edinburgh. A little embrace for Lesley Forrest. She's a little
piece of Scottish history. torch leaves Scotland and is
carried over Hadrian's Wall into England. Towards the home of the
Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. The Prime Minister
has led tributes to PC David Rathband, the policeman who was
shot and blinded by the gunman Raoul Moat almost two years ago. He
was found dead at his home in David had been going to carry the
torch through Whitburn. His place is taken by his 14-year old
daughter, Mia. I was really, really nervous and was thinking in my head,
I really don't want to do this. But I knew I had to do it because
obviously it was for my dad. It was only a short time before I started
running that I realised I wanted to do it blindfolded. No-one knew I
was going to put the blindfold on. I knew it would make my dad even
prouder if I did it blindfolded because obviously he had to go
When I was running, I was thinking of my dad the whole way and how
proud I would make him and stuff. The crowd were really, really
supportive. I didn't want it to end. It went really fast. If I am down
or something, I'll remember that day and I'll remember that I did do
If you are going to stop when carrying the torch, it's got to be
for a very good reason. A 25-year old from Redcar thinks he has one.
NEWSREADER: Already a moment never to be forgotten. David State then
As soon as I found out I was going to be a torch bearer I wanted to
make this day special so I started gauging whether or not she'd be
interested. I'm still sort of gobsmacked at how he managed to do
it. How sneaky he was. How he managed to surprise me so well.
NEWSREADER: David waited for a yes, then took back the torch and jogged
off down the road. I don't see how the torch could not
feature in the wedding. We could put a little pillow on top of it
and carry the rings round. You're going to have to show me that you
Dunkirk spirit. Doesn't bother us. We've done that, been there, worn
the t-shirt. It's only a bit of water, isn't it?
# Bring me sunshine. # In your smile.
# Bring me laughter. # All the while.
# In this world where we live there should be more happiness.
# So much joy you can give to each new bright tomorrow.
# Make me happy. # Through the years. A bit soggy
but totally worth it. # Never bring me any tears.
# Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above.
# Bring me fun. # Bring me sunshine.
# Bring me love In Doncaster, the torch is about to
be handed to Ben Parkinson, who joined the parachute regiment at
the age of 17. Six years ago in Afghanistan he was caught in the
blast of an anti-tank mine, lost both his legs and suffered a
serious brain injury. Come on then, Good lad. Pride doesn't begin to
cover this. Scared. Incredibly proud. Incredibly grateful to the
people who will be there today who made this possible. Everybody in
Doncaster knows who Ben is. Everybody wants to come up and give
him a hug. There will be no prouder Ben Parkinson did a lot for the
regiment. All the guys have come down to support him. He means a lot
to the regiment. # Walk on, walk on.
# With hope in your heart. Well done, Ben. I'm so proud of you.
Well done, Ben. Well done, mate. I don't there are words to describe
it. Incredible. So amazing. I know what the Queen feels like now.
Fantastic. It was absolutely amazing. Absolutely superb.
Unbelievable for me, really. just captured the hearts of
everybody. It was very emotional. It was just incredible. It was so
surreal. Amazing feeling. Absolutely wonderful. Marvellous,
absolutely marvellous. I'm a bit out of breath. I've got to get up
It was just the most insane thing I've ever done. You just think, I'm
not really anybody and people are stood there cheering me on. I just
You're the only person in the world to be carrying the torch at that
time. I don't think I can carry the My cheeks hurt so much now. I've
been smiling all the way so it's great. Nerves took over. Once I
started to run it went, and I The flame to me is a sign of light.
A sign that one can aspire. One can burn. One can go ahead and do what
This is what really makes an Olympics special, people getting
behind it. I felt like I was in A little bit emotional. I'm trying
to hold it together and be grown up. It's just extraordinary. She shook
my hand. It was soaking wet and Prince Philip said, "You are wet,
aren't you?" And I said, "I'm soaked." Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Amazing. Amazing. Just mind blowing. Fantastic. Fantastic. Oh, it's
fantastic. What was it like? loved it. It was the time of my
In his wake its magic the length and breadth other country and now
it's a time or the capital to share the experience. Gill and explain
will tour every borough in London. And so to the last stage of the
torch relay. The last of the 8,000 runners. The last few of the 8,000
miles. The last few days counting down to the start of the Olympic
Games of 2012. This is the host city. The hub of the sporting
But if the torch relay has shown one thing it is that the spirit of
the Olympics stretches beyond the capital to every corner of the land.
And further still, over boundaries and frontiers. Very emotional,
fantastic. The Olympics are going to be spectacular. Through rain and
more rain, the message was not forgotten. This is your moment to
shine. There is only 8,000 of us. When I'm old and grey, it will be
special for me. I don't know whether to cry or laugh.
everyone did shine. Including those not yet there to see the passing of