Ben prepares for torch

Ben Parkinson, a soldier from Doncaster who was seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2006 is carrying the Olympic torch next week.

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Ben Parkinson's Olympic journey

Of all the torchbearers carrying the Olympic flame across our region, no-one is more deserving of the crowd's applause than paratrooper Ben Parkinson.

The inspirational former soldier is the most severely wounded member of the Armed forces to survive his battlefield injuries in Afghanistan. So it'll be a proud moment for him on Tuesday when he carries the torch through the streets of his home town Doncaster.

He is also grateful that it is still going ahead, after a last minute change of route almost scuppered his dream. David Hirst caught up with Ben as he prepared for his big day.


Proud moment for Ben

Ben, 27, has been training for hours every day for months to prepare for the big


He has a new pair of computerised legs to walk 300 metres with the torch, which

he thinks will take him about 12 minutes.

He will do it without crutches, in front of thousands of people in Bennetthorpe, Doncaster on Tuesday.

Ben is the most seriously wounded British soldier to survive his injuries. He broke his back, hips and ribs and lost both his legs in a mine blast five years ago.

His hopes of carrying the torch were temporarily dashed last week when the route he was due to walk was changed to an unsuitable route, which included a curve and hills.

The organisers have since changed their plans and Ben will now be able to walk the original flat route that he was allocated.

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