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Sir Bruce Forsyth carries Flame to White City

A chapter of Olympics history came to life today as Sir Bruce Forsyth carried the Olympic torch at the finishing line of the first ever London Games.

The entertainer took the torch outside the BBC's White City, which stand on the site of the White City Stadium that hosted the Olympics in 1908.

Sir Bruce Forsyth with Olympic flame
Sir Bruce Forsyth with Olympic Flame in White City Credit: PA

He was handed the flame at the point where the stadium's finishing line stood all those years ago by Antoine de Navacelle de Coubertin, a great-grandnephew of the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin.

Sir Bruce Forsyth carries Olympic Flame
Sir Bruce Forsyth with Olympic Flame in White City Credit: PA

Speaking afterwards, the veteran TV star said: "I have been waiting for this for 84 years and I have finally done it, I have carried the Olympic torch."Today I did 300 metres but I could have done 1500 metres at a real good pace."

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Torch relay continues at Tower of London

Dame Kelly Homes at Tower of London
Royal commando delivers Olympic flame to Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes

You can see more of the Olympic flame's arrival by helicopter and Dame Kelly Holmes starting the next leg of the torch in London tonight here.

Our National website has more detailed coverage of the torch's arrival and the events being held to celebrate the occasion. Click here.

Olympic torch at the Tower of London
Uncommon surroundings for the Olympic Torch at the Tower of London
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