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Paralympic cauldron is lit in Trafalgar Square

Claire Lomas, who completed the London Marathon in a bionic suit, lit the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square this morning. The flame had come from England's highest point Scafell Pike where it was lit on Wednesday.

Next week, the flame will be combined with three others from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland before being taken to Stratford for the Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Wednesday.

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Boris, Beckham and Lord Coe greet the Olympic Torch

London Mayor Boris Johnson, with David Beckham and Lord Coe Credit: BBC

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.

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Day 70: Torch on The Thames

Matthew Pinsent lighting the cauldron with the Olympic Flame on the Royal row barge Gloriana Credit: PA

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 on the banks of the River Thames as they watch the Olympic Flame Credit: PA
Boats on the River Thames watching the Flame Credit: PA

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.

Olympic Flame on the Royal rowbarge Gloriana as it makes it way down the River Thames towards Tower Bridge Credit: PA
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