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Hundreds lined the streets of Doncaster to catch a glimpse of Ben, with his mother being among those most proud

Ben Parkinson Photo: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

It was only 300 metres but for Doncaster's Ben Parkinson, the most seriously wounded soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan, it must have seemed like a marathon.

Lance Bombardier Parkinson, who lost both legs and suffered brain and back injuries in a bomb attack in 2006, carried the Olympic Torch in his home town as thousands cheered and applauded his courage in some of the most emotional scenes of the torch relay to date.

The 27-year-old soldier was determined to walk the distance from Doncaster's Cenotaph on his prosthetic limbs without crutches.

L/Bdr Parkinson's mother Diane Dernie said he went a lot further than the distance he had been practising.

"Brilliant, brilliant day, we're so proud," she said, adding: "This town has been such a wonderful place for Ben. I'm just so proud of everybody. Whatever he does, Doncaster's behind him."

The paratrooper took about 26 minutes to complete the route along Bennetthorpe, in the town, and every step he took was cheered by crowds ten deep.

After he got back in his wheelchair he said: "I am so proud. I didn't realise how much support I had. I was amazed", adding he felt "a million pounds."

L/Bdr Parkinson said the best part of the day was having 50 of his comrades from 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery line the route and cheer for him.

The paratrooper lost both legs and suffered brain and back injuries in a bomb attack in 2006.

The relay arrived in Doncaster after beginning the day in Sheffield and travelling through Rotherham.