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London 2012: Olympic Torch’s second day in London

PUBLISHED: 20:01 22 July 2012

Lennox Lewis lights the cauldron in Danson Park

Lennox Lewis lights the cauldron in Danson Park

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The Olympic Flame has finished the second day of its seven day journey around London.

It began the morning at the London Eye, before being taken to Redbridge just after 7am, then through Barking and Dagenham, Havering and to its final destination of Bexley, where it will stay overnight.

The Olympic Torch travelled 32.37miles and was carried by 163 torchbearers, including Lennox Lewis and the members of Diversity.

In addition to being carried by foot, the Torch also travelled on a boat across Fairlop Lake in Redbridge, and on a miniature railway in Barking.

Thousands of Londoners lined the streets to cheer on torchbearers.

In Redbridge the relay was greeted by crowds at Barkingside High Street and Cranbrook Road, before being taken to Valentines Mansion, which the Queen visited earlier this year.

After leaving Redbridge it went to Barking Park, where Paul Freedman, 87, from Hornchurch, carried it on the miniature railway. He was nominated for his extensive charity fundraising for which he received an MBE in 2006.

It then went to Mayesbrook Park Training Centre, where a number of competitors for the London 2012 Games will train. It was taken around the athletics track by Chelsey Grote, 12, from Dagenham, who was selected through the Get Set programme for being a role model at her school.

At the Dagenham Town Show the Flame was taken onto the stage by dance group Diversity.

The Flame then went to Havering, where it visited Romford Market Place. Aimee Sell, 17, from Hornchurch, took the Flame on a lap around the Market Place before handing it to Caitlin Hewson, 12, from Aveley, by the large Union Jack flag.

Caitlin then handed the Flame to on Mo Morris, 57, from Leytonstone, who carried it out of the Market Place and through the shopping area.

Aimee was nominated for her dedication to her sport of karate despite losing her sight aged eight.

Caitlin was nominated through the Get Set Schools Programme and has been selected for the U13 Essex Cricket squad. She has had to persevere and overcome some difficulties owing to severe allergies and intolerances.

Mo is a Judo Olympian who competed in Montreal 1976. He currently runs a community Soccer Academy in East London and coaches more than 160 children a week between the ages of seven and 18.

At the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch celebrated concert pianist Lang Lang, 30, took the Flame on to a stage.

Following its journey through Havering the Flame was taken by Aaron Reynolds, 18, from Sidcup, on a London Fire Brigade Fireboat accompanied by a flotilla of smaller craft across the River Thames.

In Bexley the Flame visited Hall Place before making its way to its final destination, where boxer Lennox Lewis lit the celebration cauldron in Danson Park.

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