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Jamie Oliver takes torch past old school

Jamie Oliver said "this is a real privilege" as he carried the torch through Newport Credit: PA

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver smiled through the rain as he helped the Olympic torch on its way today.

The 37-year-old champion of healthy eating for children carried the flame through Newport - the Essex village where he went to school - on day 50 of the relay.

Watched by his wife Jools and family, he said: "I can't believe how much it's raining but it's great to be here in my old town and this is a real privilege."

The Olympic torch was behind schedule after being delayed by a road accident.

The relay convoy was delayed by about 15 minutes after a crash between two motorbikes which were travelling in the opposite direction as the convoy passed Chelmsford.

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Olympic Ticket Row

An investigation has been launched into allegations that Olympic officials were caught offering thousands of tickets to the London Games on the black market.

The International Olympic Committee called an emergency meeting of its executive board after the claims were made in a national newspaper.

It's claimed that thousands of the best seats at the top events - including the 100m final - were up for sale after being siphoned off from official supplies held by overseas national Olympic committees (NOCs). The NOCs are forbidden to sell tickets abroad or to anyone who plans to resell them.

"Rules and regulations for selling London 2012 tickets to international fans are clear and unambiguous. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their Authorised Ticket Sellers (ATRs) sign a contract with LOCOG agreeing to specific terms and conditions. The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) has launched an investigation in to the allegations and we will support them in any way we can. None of the tickets in question came from the allocation to the British public."

– LOCOG

Olympic Flame ceremony to take place tomorrow

The Olympic Flame will be lit tomorrow at a ceremony which signals to the world that the countdown to the London 2012 Games has begun.

The ceremony will take place in Olympia, Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games took place and it will be filled with history, ritual and symbolism.

The flame itself is seen as representing positive values and is lit using the sun's rays so that its purity is guaranteed. Ritual states that this is the only way the Olympic Flame can be lit.

A team of the world's top Olympic and sports executives, including International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos and London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, will gather at the Ancient Olympia Stadium for the lighting of the sacred flame.

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