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Olympic Flame at Falkirk Wheel

In advance of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Flame has been travelling throughout the UK.

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A carnival atmosphere at Falkirk Wheel

Runners bearing an Olympic torch, flanked by an entourage of security, media and promotional personnel, have visited towns and villages throughout the country.

Photo of BBC TV crew at Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

A BBC TV News crew get ready to broadcast.

The entire route was calculated to take the flame to within approximately 10 miles from anywhere in the country.

Photo of Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

The route has taken the flame to some fascinating places and has visited some iconic places, including travelling up the ‘rack and pinion’ railway to the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales and across to Ireland visiting the Giant’s Causeway.

Photo of Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

In Scotland it was taken up by cable car gondola on Ben Nevis, visited the mysterious standing stones on The Hebrides, re-enacted the famous scene from ‘Chariots of Fire’ at St Andrews West Sands beach, visited some of Scotland’s historic sites, Scone Palace, the Wallace Monument, Stirling and Edinburgh Castles.

Photo of Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

But the flame’s visit to the Falkirk Wheel was unique. There is nothing like this rotating boat lift anywhere else in the world.

Photo of Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

There was a carnival atmosphere is a large crowd awaited its arrival, aided by music, dancers and entertainments.

Photo of Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

What an amazing spectacle as it descended the wheel on board a barge, with a runner holding aloft the flame to a backdrop of fireworks and smoke.

Photo of Olympic Flame visit to Falkirk Wheel

The Olympic Flame at Falkirk Wheel. Laura Bicker of BBC TV News has managed to get herself into the bottom left corner of this shot!

As the flame started its journey away from the Falkirk Wheel site, I stood beside a young man holding a video camera on the grass verge on the opposite side of the road from the main crowds. As I made some polite chit chat with him he told me the runner was his father. Such a proud moment for him!

Photo of Olympic Flame runner at Falkirk Wheel

Torchbearer Kevin Mitchell carries the flame up the slope from the Falkirk Wheel

Photo of runner with Olympic torch at Falkirk Wheel

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