June 19 2013 Latest news:
Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Strictly Come Dancing champion and McFly drummer Harry Judd and his professional dance partner Aliona Vilani carried the Olympic Torch on day 35 of the relay.
The Flame was taken 60.25 miles by 139 torchbearers from Kendal to Blackpool.
Current Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani carried the Flame into the ballroom of the Blackpool Tower, the location of their victory in December last year.
The pair also carried the Flame down the Comedy Carpet into the Evening Celebration at the Tower Festival Headland.
The first torchbearer of the day was Michael Liptrot, 49, from Kendal, who started with the Flame at Kendal Castle. He was nominated for his work at Kendal Judo Club ensuring that others can reach their potential.
Victoria Brier, 54, from Heysham, carried the Flame to the Eric Morecambe statue. Victoria was selected for the care that she gave to her terminally ill father and her work at a residential college for young adults with cerebral palsy.
Peter Cunningham, 70, from Southport, carried the Flame on the Blackpool Tramway from Rossall School to West Drive. He was selected for the work that he has done in housing homeless and needy people across the UK.
Sue Henry, 53, from the Wirral, carried the Flame in a lantern to the top of Blackpool Tower. Sue was selected for being the driving force behind the NHS 2012 Challenge, which helps all staff to become more active and live a healthier life using sport and other physical activities.
Other torchbearers included Richard Clement, 32 from Blackpool, who suffered horrific injuries in 2010 while on active service in Afghanistan. He lost both legs and suffered extensive injuries to his torso and an arm. Richard champions the cause of injured soldiers.
Leila Hamrang, 23, from Manchester, was diagnosed with cancer aged 13 and despite the odds has managed to overcome it twice. In 2001 she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and despite beating it relapsed in 2005 which led to a bone marrow transplant in 2005.
Since then Leila has become heavily involved with numerous charities and voluntary organisations as she is determined to give whatever she can back to society.
Despite being left with a physical disability which leaves her in constant pain, Leila is passionate climber and cyclist and hopes to inspire others with a disability to offer up home no matter what the circumstance.
Patricia Molyneux, 39, was nominated by her daughter for the strength and courage she showed in beating breast cancer. During her recovery from surgery, chemo and radio therapy, her house was flooded and she was forced out of her home for a year, but she did not let this stop her as she sought to help others in Cumbria cope with cancer, acting on a number of advisory panels and attending community groups.