David Beckham spoke of his pride today at helping bring the Olympics to his home turf.
The former England football captain, 37, said today would be an "amazing moment" with the Olympics boosting the fortunes of the East End for future generations.
He was speaking as he made a surprise appearance at City Hall where the torch relay neared the end of its journey.
Beckham, who was raised in east London near the Olympic Village, and whose role in the Games opening ceremony has been the subject of intense speculation, lit the flame when it first landed at RNAS Culdrose 70 days ago.
Olympic Gold Medallist rower Matthew Pinsent lighting the cauldron with the Olympic Flame on the Royal row barge Gloriana prior to it making its way along the River Thames towards Tower Bridge
People in rowing boats on the River Thames as they watch the Olympic Flame on the Royal row barge Gloriana, as it makes it way along the River Thames towards Tower Bridge during the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The Olympic Flame on board the Queen's royal Rowbarge the Gloriana
The final day of the Torch Relay will see it board the Queen's Rowbarge. It will be accompanied by a small number of craft designed to showcase Londons waterborne heritage as the flame makes its way towards the Olympic Stadium.