The names of over 7,000 people who will carry the Olympic Flame as torch bearers in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games have been unveiled.
The torch bearers include some who have fought serious illness, people who have gone above and beyond for their community as well as Dinah Gould, a sprightly 99 year old who will be 100 years old by the time she carries the flame.
Damon Green reports:
The Olympic Torch relay in numbers:
An average of 115 torch bearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame
It will travel on an 8,000 mile journey around the UK
It will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony
There are countless inspiring stories from among the chosen torch bearers.
The teenage son of charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson has said that he will carry the Olympic Torch on behalf of his late mother.
His mother, who died from cancer in 2007 at the age of 43, carried the torch ahead of the 2004 Games in Athens.
I'm really excited about being nominated as a torchbearer. It's a great opportunity to be part of the Olympics. I will be doing it on behalf of my sisters and my mum. It should be a great experience.
Nadine and her husband Ivan have raised nearly £80,000 for the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital after their son was born with a heart defect.
Former Olympic champion and member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Jonathan Edwards at the unveiling of the prestigious list said: "It's a really exciting day. The torch relay is literally around the corner and it's all systems go."
He explained the moment when the torches are held together to pass on the flame:
The kiss is the big moment when the flame is passed from torchbearer to torchbearer and obviously you have to get it right - you don't want the flame to go out. It's called a kiss. You have to hold them together for about ten seconds to make sure the flame passes and then the next runner runs off for their 300m stint.