The Olympic Torch arrived in Cornwall from Greece as it began its 8,000 mile journey from Lands End around Britain to the Olympic Stadium in London
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David Beckham with the Torch
Three times Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, the first torchbearer at Lands End
Ben Fogle at the Eden Project
Emma Fox at Newquay
|At around 7:30 on the evening of 18th May, BA flight BA2012 (painted gold and named The Firefly) arived at RNAS Culdrose, near Helston in Cornwall, from Greece. On board was the Olympic Torch, accompanied by David Beckham, Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Also on board were 15-year-old hockey player Georgia Higgs, from Helston, along with Dennis Coles (17) from East Ayrshire, Chloe Brown (18) from Bangor, Northern Ireland and Sean White (17) from Swansea. They have all been taking part in the handover ceremony in Athens.
The Olympic Flame was carried off the plane by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal an a transportation lantern before being transferred to a torch. The torch was used by David Beckham to light a cauldron in front of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and 500 members of the public, armed forces and dignitaries.
The arrival of BA2012 and the ceremony at RNAS Culdrose was shown live on the BBC's One Show.
The Olympic Flame was secured at RNAS Culdrose overnight and early the following morning (Saturday 19th May) a naval helicopter flew it to Lands End. At 07:00 it began it's 8,000 mile journey around the UK, arriving at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford 70 days later on 27th July.
Firefly lands at RNAS Culdrose
Lt Cdr Richard Full of RNAS Culdrose carried the flame from the helicopter at Lands End
Cornish surfer Tassy Swallow at Lands End
Michael Lapage, a rowing silver medallist at the 1948 Games, carrying the flame in St Austell
|The Route of the Olympic Torch through Cornwall