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Torch Relay

The Olympic torch relay reaches its final stages ahead of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27th July

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Jamie Oliver takes torch past old school

Jamie Oliver said "this is a real privilege" as he carried the torch through Newport Credit: PA

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver smiled through the rain as he helped the Olympic torch on its way today.

The 37-year-old champion of healthy eating for children carried the flame through Newport - the Essex village where he went to school - on day 50 of the relay.

Watched by his wife Jools and family, he said: "I can't believe how much it's raining but it's great to be here in my old town and this is a real privilege."

The Olympic torch was behind schedule after being delayed by a road accident.

The relay convoy was delayed by about 15 minutes after a crash between two motorbikes which were travelling in the opposite direction as the convoy passed Chelmsford.

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