Picture special: Week one of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay

We bring you some of the best images from the London 2012 Olympic torch relay as the flame travels the country

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat

Olympic gold medallists, big-name music acts, Champions League winning footballers but a whole load more inspiring and unheralded individuals are taken the torch on the first week of it’s 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

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Christopher Stokes carries the Olympic Flame by train on the Torch Relay leg between Cleobury Mortimer and Bewdley (Getty Images/Locog)

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George Livingstone-Thompson passing through military standards as he exits Gloucester Docks during his leg between Gloucester and Hartpury (Getty Images/Locog)

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Crowds defy expectations as Olympic torch relay prepares to move across the border into Wales (Getty Images/Locog)

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Zara Phillips and Toytown, who she partnered to the world eventing title in 2006, were the final torchbearers as the flame concluded day five of its 70-day journey in Cheltenham (Getty Images/Locog)

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Champions League hero Didier Drogba carries the Olympic flame through Royal Wootton Bassett (Getty Images/Locog)

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Winter Olympic champion Amy Williams carried the flame between Yeovil and Somerton (Getty Images/Locog)

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Jason Gardener, who won sprint relay gold at the Athens Olympics, carried the torch through his home city of Bath (Getty Images/Locog)

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Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am carries the Olympic torch through Taunton, where big crowds welcomed the flame (Getty Images/Locog)

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Ben Ainslie, wearing 001 to represent he is the first of 8,000 runners, leads off the London 2012 Olympic torch relay (Getty Images/Locog)

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David Beckham lights a special cauldron at RNAS Culdrose as the Olympic torch arrives in the UK (Getty Images/Locog)

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