Saturday, 19 May 2012

Olympic Touch Arrives in Britain

The flame, and three spares, flew from Athens in seats 1A and 1B of flight BA 2012 on a journey that, ultimately, is intended to capture the imagination of the British public.
The golden plane — or the ‘custard comet’ as Boris Johnson called it — touched down at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall at 7.25pm to warm applause on board and cheering from a runway ringed with perhaps 10,000 public well-wishers.
On arrival, Princess Anne walked off carrying a golden lantern that owed its life to the rays of the sun and a  parabolic mirror from a ceremony in Ancient Olympia eight days earlier. Beckham then lit the torch from the cauldron that itself had been lit by the travelling flame. A cheer filled the cool air.

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