Unique moments on torch's Olympic journey

Before it takes centre stage during a spectacular Olympic ceremony masterminded by director Danny Boyle the flame will have been carried by 8,000 people.

It was brought from Athens, the last city to stage the Games, by David Beckham and Princess Anne.

During its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey the torch has been carried by some truly amazing local heroes, including Ben Parkinson, a soldiers who lost both legs in Afghanistan, and abseiler Alan Ellinson, who has raised £12m for charity.

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