Day 57: Rain fails to dampen Olympic spirits during relay

Torchbearer David Ouston carrying the Olympic Flame on a chairlift at The Needles
Torchbearer David Ouston carrying the Olympic Flame on a chairlift at The Needles Photo: Yui Mok/LOCOG/PA Wire

Despite the rain, torchbearers were in high spirits on Day 57 of the Olympic Torch Relay from Bournemouth to Southampton.

Yachting legend Dame Ellen MacArthur carried the torch as it continued its journey around the UK with trips on two ferries and a cliff-edge chairlift.

llen MacArthur carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Carisbrooke and East Cowes
Dame Ellen MacArthur carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Carisbrooke and East Cowes Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire
Dame Ellen said she felt "privileged" to take part in the Olympic torch relay
Dame Ellen said she felt "privileged" to take part in the Olympic torch relay Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

After carrying the torch today, she said:

"I feel really privileged to have been asked to take part in the Olympic torch relay and felt huge pride in carrying the flame.

"The other torchbearers are inspiring people who were wonderful to meet but the strongest impression I have from today are the faces - smiles, smiles and more smiles from young and old alike.

"The sense of pride, happiness and community was my lasting feeling - all brought alive, in an instant, by the Olympic torch."

– Dame Ellen MacArthur

In Lyndhurst, two torchbearers surprised crowds by performing a dance.

A spectator cheering on the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Bournemouth
A spectator cheering on the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Bournemouth Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire
 Bournemouth Mayor Philip Stanley-Watts (left) looking on Mariam Kazem-Malaki carries the Olympic Flame
Bournemouth Mayor Philip Stanley-Watts (left) looking on Mariam Kazem-Malaki carries the Olympic Flame Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/PA Wire

Follow the Olympic Torch's journey for the rest of the day on the ITV Meridian website.