Olympic torch to cross the Mersey

Craig Lundberg lost his sight whilst serving in Iraq
Craig Lundberg lost his sight whilst serving in Iraq Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

The Olympic flame is due to take a ferry across the Mersey as it continues its journey around the country.

Iraq war veteran Craig Lundberg, who was blinded on duty in 2007, has the honour of stepping off the boat and lighting the cauldron to begin an evening of celebrations in Liverpool.

The retired lance corporal, 26, who served with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while protecting colleagues during a fire-fight with insurgents in Basra.

He will board the ferry from Birkenhead, Wirral, along the River Mersey to Pier Head, Liverpool.

Also on the Birkenhead leg will be former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm and Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman.

The first torchbearer set off from Bolton AT 6.05am and handed over the torch to counterparts in west Lancashire. The flame is currently on its way through Formby.

Among the sights visited will be Crosby beach, home of the Another Place cast-iron sculptures of Antony Gormley, Aintree racecourse and Knowsley Safari Park.

On Saturday morning, the Olympic flame leaves the mainland from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to spend the day on the Isle of Man.