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Cub Scout Leader to be Olympic torchbearer

Ian Muxlow
Ian Muxlow said he will carry the Olympic torch for all Scout Leaders

One of today's Olympic torchbearers in Richmond later will be Ian Muxlow, a Researcher for the Metropolitan Police. He was nominated for his work as a Cub Scout Leader over the past fifteen years.

He said: "Everything that scouting has done for me has been worth while and I wanted to give children the skills I was given to become positive members of their own communities.

"Scouting gives you moral ethics and has helped me to become the person that I am; I wanted to give the next generation of children the same opportunities. I can't put into words how it feels to be nominated to carry the Olympic torch.

"I will be carrying the torch for all the Scout Leaders who give up their time to make a positive impact on their local communities.

"My eight-year-old daughter is taking great pleasure in telling her classmates that I will be a torch bearer and is giving them regular updates. When my four-month-old daughter gets to an age where she understands about the Olympics I will be able to tell her I was a part of something very special."

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Olympic torch returns next week

The Olympic torch arrived at Reading's Madejski Stadium on Tuesday afternoon after travelling through Oxford, Windsor and Ascot. For more coverage of Tuesday's torch relay click here. Today the torch will head to Salisbury passing Stonehenge on the way.

It will be back in our region next Friday when it's in Surrey. You can find out where you can see the torch by clicking here.

Four-minute mile champion carries Olympic torch

Sir Roger Bannister, the runner of the historic first four-minute mile in Oxford in the 1950s - was back in the city today to carry the Olympic torch.

He was one of many torchbearers who took part in the route that went through Henley-on-Thames, Bisham, Windsor - where it travelled through the grounds of the Castle watched by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip - and then Ascot and Reading. Glen Goodman reports.

will-i-am carries Olympic Torch

will.i.am carrying the Olympic flame on the leg through Taunton Credit: PA

The Voice judge Will.i.am carried the Olympic Torch today.

The Black Eyed Peas star was cheered on by thousands of people as he ran through Taunton carrying the flame.

The US-born music producer was a surprise addition to the line-up on day three of the relay.

The 37-year-old looked at ease in the warm weather as he jogged through the Somerset town centre.

The Metropolitan Police Torch Security Team, which runs alongside the torchbearer, kept a watchful eye on the cheering crowd.

Speaking after his run, the music star said: "That was like a surreal moment."

"I remember in 1984 the Olympics in Los Angeles, me being a little Will watching it on TV wishing I could be at the Olympic Games."

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