Stars join torch relay

Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm will be carrying the torch in Merseyside
Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm will be carrying the torch in Merseyside Credit: Jim Ross/AP/Press Association Images
Olympic medallist Chris Boardman
Olympic medallist Chris Boardman Credit: John Giles/PA wire

Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman will be carrying the Olympic torch when it reaches Merseyside later.

The cycling champion will be joined by former Spice Girl Mel C to carry the flame in Birkenhead.

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Olympic torch in the North West

The Olympic torch makes its journey to the North West today. It's first stop will be Chester.