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.

Irish pop stars John and Edward Grimes, known as Jedward, came back from the Eurovision gcontest to carry the torch in Dublin, Ireland 

A runner who gave up part of her lung to save her sister's life was on the Scots Guardsman steam locomotive as the relay travelled from York to Thirsk.

Josephine Loughran used to run every day but gave up her passion temporarily to have the operation to help her sibling who had cystic fibrosis 

Four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe running in Sheffield, northern England.

His medal haul includes the 1500m gold at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and the former athlete headed the bid to host the Games in London and is chairman of the organising commitee 

Lydia Holt's dream is to be a principal ballet dancer in a major UK company.

The 14-year-old is one step closer to her dream after carrying the torch in Cheltenham 

Tracy Mosely, one of the UK's top female riders carried the Olympic Torch when it went through Fort William in Scotland.

Tracy was in Fort William for the Mountan Bike World Cup, which she has won five times, although she was not competing this year 

The iconic 'Chariots of Fire' beach scene was recreated in Scotland by 13-year-old Joseph Forrester, who led 20 other schoolchildren along the shores of West Sands Beach 

The torch goes over the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland 

A 30,000-strong crowd cheered the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, a champion equestrian, at Cheltenham race course 

Television presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle in a helium balloon lantern above the tree canopy inside the rainforest biome at the Eden Project 

David Beckham kicked off the relay at the RNAS Culdrose air base in Cornwall on May 18 

Crowds cheer on Ben Parkinson, 27, the most injured British soldier to survive the Afghanistan war 

Alan Ellinson abseils down the side of the Royal Dock Tower in Grimsby.

He was chosen because he has raised more than £12m for charity by being sponsored to abseil 

David State stopped midway through the leg between Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus to propose to his girlfriend Christine Langham before continuing with the flame 

The first person to carry the torch in Headingley, Leeds was motivational speaker Richard McCann.

He is the son of Wilma McCann, who was murdered by Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe in 1975.

"It's an honour to be nominated and it's great to be running first," he said. "My family are really excited" 

TV funnyman Keith Lemon thrilled the crowds as he carried the torch in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

Keith, the alter ego of comedian Leigh Francis, was at the Adidas factory and was joined on stage by double Olympic gold medal winner Daley Thompson