Ben Ainslie with the lit torch at Land's End
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London 2012: Huge crowds greet Olympic torch

The Olympic flame has embarked on a 70-day tour of the UK in the run-up to the London 2012 Games.

Triple Olympic gold medallist sailor Ben Ainslie was the first torchbearer in the 8,000 mile relay.

Streets in Cornwall and Devon were packed as torchbearers young and old carried the flame from Land's End to Plymouth.

About 100,000 people turned out to cheer the start of the Olympic torch relay, police estimate.

Robert Hall reports.

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  • 19 May 2012
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