Williams Carries Olympic Torch


On the fourth day of the torch’s 70-day tour, the Olympic symbol was carried by 147 torchbearers through the World Heritage Sites of Bath and Wells Cathedral before an evening celebration in The Amphitheatre in Bristol.

Amy Williams, who took gold in the bob skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, carried the torch yesterday morning.

Williams was the first British person for 30 years to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics when she won in Vancouver in 2010.

She tweeted: “Amazing feeling, very proud to be British and to have had the opportunity to carry the OlympicTorch. Thank you.”

Later in the day the torch was carried by another Olympic champion, Jason Gardener, who won gold in 2004. Gardener took the Athens 4x100m gold medal along with Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis in a season’s best of 38.07s.

One of the more high-risk torchbearers of the day was expectant mother, Eleanor Regan, who carried the torch just 24 hours before she is due to give birth to her second child.

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The 28-year-old from Bath dedicated her time to setting up and running charity groups both in Bristol and Africa, despite recently overcoming a brain tumour.

Regan appears to be taking the pressure of pregnancy and torchbearing in her stride.

She said: “This is such a great time for the country. I feel proud to be able to carry the flame amongst such inspirational people and in such a beautiful city,”

Spectators in Taunton got a surprise on Monday when Black Eyed Peas star and judge on The Voice Will was a surprise addition to the torchbearing line up.

The American music producer managed to tweet as he carried the torch whilst thousands of people cheered as jogged through the Somerset town centre.