Olympic Torch Relay

Follow the progress of the Olympic flame and watch interviews with torchbearers and sporting icons as it travels throughout the region.

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Olympic torchbearer sells socks on eBay

An Olympic torchbearer has sold her socks on eBay to shame those who flogged their torches.15 year old Evie Fairman carried the flame through Bodmin in Cornwall last week.

The teenager, born with half a heart, says she'd never sell her torch and instead auctioned the socks she wore during the run.

They attracted 14 bids and eventually sold for £38, which will be donated to Evie's chosen charity, Little Hearts Matter.

Tourism Minister pays tribute to South West for 'perfect start' to Olympic Torch relay

768 torchbearers have carried the flame more than 700 miles throughout the South West Credit: ITV West Country

The Tourism Minister has paid tribute to the West Country for giving the Olympic Torch relay the perfect start to its tour of the UK.

Now in its sixth day, 768 torchbearers have carried the flame more than 700 miles throughout the South West.

John Penrose described the scenes in towns, villages and cities as a great advert for the UK and the games. It's estimated the media coverage has brought more than 5 and a half million pounds to the region during the torch's visit.

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The Olympic Torch Relay facts

8,000 circles perforate the design of the Torch to represent each one of the Torchbearers taking part. Credit: ITV

The Olympic Torch Relay has left the South West and has arrived in the Midlands today.

Here are some facts about the torch that you may not know.

Like did you know 8,000 circles perforate the design of the Torch to represent each one of the Torchbearers taking part?

To find out more about the Olympic Torch relay, click here for ITV Central's article.

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Torch leaves Taunton

The Olympic Torch has left Taunton on the fourth day of its journey through the west country. Crowds turned out bright and early to see the flame head off through South Somerset carried by Judy Gaden whose son Tom was killed in Afghanistan.

It started with a trip by electric powered boat before continuing by road to Ilminster and onto Yeovil, Glastonbury and Wells before heading to Trowbridge, Bath and Bristol.

Judy Gaden launches day four of the Olympic Torch relay

Judy Gaden kick started day four of the relay in Taunton Credit: ITV News

Judy Gaden, the mother of Corporal Tom Gaden who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 began day four of the Olympic Torch relay in Taunton. She was nominated for her charity work and involvement in fund raising events for Help for Heroes and by arranging community fun days.

Crowds turned out bright and early to see the flame head off through South Somerset Credit: ITV News

Day four of the relay began with a trip by electric powered boat before continuing by road to Ilminster. It will then travel to Yeovil en route to Bath and Bristol. Keep up to date with our street-by-street guide.

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