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The Olympic Torch relay: Day 43

Day 43 of the Olympic Torch relay began this morning in Derby as it was carried through the town.

The flame was handed over at Royal Derby Hospital by Leon Taylor following a night of celebration in Market Square.

Torchbearer Leon Taylor carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Derby City Centre. Credit: PA

The Torch then travelled in Burton-Upon-Trent where street dance duo Twist and Pulse carried the Torch, describing the experience as "one of the proudest moments of our lives".

Dance duo Twist and Pulse carried the Torch in Burton-Upon-Trent describing the experience as 'one of the proudest moments of our lives' Credit: Samsung 2012

The Olympic flame then continued down the A38 and onto Alrewas.

Thousands of service personnel and their families applauded as Victoria Cross winner Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry carried the flame up the steps of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2005 for saving the lives of his unit during an ambush in Iraq.

Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC carries the torch at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Afterwards, Lance Cpl Beharry said:

"It was very emotional (carrying the torch) because of the reason why I am here - to see the turnout is amazing and being here on Armed Forces Day as well.

"Armed Forces Day is important to see the general public is behind us and support us for what we do."

– Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC
Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC is flanked by soldiers as he carries the torch at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

30,000 poppies were dropped on the crowd by a paraglider flown by Major Alastair Macartney from Jump4Heroes, a charity which helps the Armed Forces as part of the Royal British Legion.

You can follow progress of the Olympic Torch's journey today on the ITV Central website.

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