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Olympic Torch Relay Live Blog
8:20am Tuesday 10th July 2012 in News
08.57: That's the end of our live Olympic Torch coverage today. Hope you've enjoyed it! See today and tomorrow's Oxford Mail for pictures and more coverage.
08.56: The torch has left Crowmarsh Gifford and is now heading to Nettlebed
08.50: The torch has left Wallingford and is now in Crowmarsh Gifford.
08.49: Helicopter from RAF Benson has flown over Wallingford as William Anderson from Swindon takes over the torch
08.45: The torch is just going across Wallingford Bridge
08.34: Raymond Blanc is all smiles as children run up to him to touch the torch
08.28: The celebrity chef shakes hands with people in the crowd in Wallingford as the torch relay convoy passes through
08.27: The relay has arrived in Wallingford and chef Raymond Blanc is holding the torch
08.26: Big cheer goes up as police outriders arrive in Wallingford
08.24: Police start to usher back the spectators at the Lamb crossroads next to Waitrose in Wallingford with the arrival of the torch imminent
08.17: There's not a spare inch of pavement left in Wallingford with the torch about 10 minutes away
08.11: The flame has now left Abingdon. Next stop, Wallingford!
08.10: Flag sellers continue to do a brisk trade with their Union Jack flags with the torch about 15 minutes away from Wallingford
08.03: The Olympic Torch comes through Bridge Street, Abingdon, and the cheering crowd follows it out of the town
08.01: There are lots of brollies out in Wallingford as the rain pours down but this crowd is going nowhere with the flame expected in about 25 minutes
08.00: Deaf cancer survivor Margaret Brown will carry the Olympic Torch for the final leg (Bridge Street) in her home town of Abingdon
07.57: Stert Street, Abingdon, now crammed as Olympic Torch imminent.
07.55: Britain's youngest ever male Olympian Ken Lester gets a big cheer as he is introduced to the crowd in Wallingford.
07.54: Samsung and Coca Cola buses urge the crowds in Abingdon to "make some noise" for the Olympic Torch.
07.52: A summer shower fails to dampen the spirits of this Wallingford crowd with at least 1,000 people gathered in the town centre
07.52: Shuttle bus containing Olympic Torch beareres reaches Abingdon market place to whoops and applause
07.50: Hundreds of people now waiting expectantly for the Olympic Torch in Abingdon Market Place
07.48: The bells of St Nicolas Church in Abingdon are ringing out for the Olympic Torch. Should reach the town centre in about 20mins.
07.42: Town crier announces Olympic Torch should reach Abingdon in five minutes
07.40: Torch has arrived in Abingdon.
07.39: Lots of people streaming towards Wallingford town centre on foot and the roads are busy with cars.
07.37: Torch has left Oxford and is on its way to Abingdon.
07.30: Coffee bars and cafes have opened early as hundreds of people line Wallingford Market Place
07.28: South Oxfordshire district councillor for Wallingford Marcus Harris is leading an outside broadcast next to the town hall as the crowd grows
07.26: There's a real buzz of excitement as crowds gather in Wallingford Market Place to welcome the Olympic Torch
07.25: Hundreds of people lining Donnington Bridge, lots of excitement and union flag waving!
07.23: Torch now on its way over Donnington Bridge! And so is the rain!
07.22: A man on stilts with a whistle is getting the crowd excited in Abingdon centre.
07.20: The Olympic Torch reaches Iffley Road, Oxford!
07.17: Big roar as it comes onto Iffley Road!
07.15: Sponsor party buses now making their way over Donnington Bridge. Great atmosphere.
07.13: City council now say the torch WILL come over Donnington Bridge.
07.12: Abingdon Mayor Monica Lovatt says hosting the Olympic Torch relay is "an honour and a once in a lifetime opportunity".
07.11: Sir Roger Bannister hands the torch to Nicola Byrom.
07.07: Lots of coffees being sold in Abingdon for those turning out for the Olympic Torch relay
07.06: Sir Roger Bannister lights the torch!
07.05: The torch is at Iffley Road Stadium.
07.00: City council stewards moving people off Donnington Bridge, saying torch will now only go as far as Meadow Lane. Waiting for confirmation but 100 people being moved off bridge.
06.56: Out of the Blue get things going at the OlympicTorch event at Iffley Road running track, Oxford
06.40: Sir Roger Bannister has arrived at the scene of his 1954 triumph in Iffley Road, Oxford, to carry the Olympic Torch
06.36: Kudos has to go to the dozens of stewards along Donnington Bridge - it is very cold and very early but they all seem chirpy!
06.35: Officials starting to close off Donnington Bridge and a steady stream of people beginning to walk down to Iffley Road.
06.14 Sir Roger Bannister will return to Iffley Road today to carry the Olympic Torch. Stewards are already getting into place along Donnington Bridge and Iffley Road.
TUESDAY 06.10: Our reporters are taking their places for the second day of the torch relay through Oxfordshire.
19.02: Malcolm Fretter, the final Olympic Torch bearer, said: "It's something I shall never forget."
18.56: The Olympic Torch lights the Olympic cauldron in South Park.
18.55: Thousands of people screaming and waving flags as last Olympic Torch bearer arrives on stage.
18.54: Inspiring moment as Malcolm Fretter carries the Olympic Torch onto the stage.
18.53: Olympic Torch being carried through South Park by paraplegic Malcolm Fretter, of Wantage.
18.52: The Olympic Torch has arrived in South Park!
18.48: Inspiring videos taking us through the years playing in South Park. Moments away from the arrival of the Olympic Torch now.
18.44: Two British Olympians on stage in South Park as crowds wait for the Olympic Torch.
18.42: Torch on its way up St Clements to the South Park event.
18.41: Meanwhile, Young Guns just left the stage in South Park. Thousands of screaming fans celebrating the Olympic Torch.
18.36: Torchbearer Dan Lobb from Daybreak tells Oxford Mail he was tearing up.
18.33: Speedy runner this one - a few more athletic types jogging to keep up. Chariots of Fire now playing.
18.30: The torch has reached Cowley Road - flags and drums everywhere.
18.15: And here comes the convoy through Cowley Road.
18.14: Any minute now in Cowley Road - police outriders coming through to be greeted by samba drums.
18.13: Thousand of people have descended on South Park to watch the Olympic Torch arrive.
18.08: Looks like the beginning of the convoy is arriving as crowd gets pushed back to the pavements. But no torch yet in Cowley Road.
18.05: Several thousand people lining Cowley Road now - excitement beginning to grow and the samba drums are still rolling.
17.59: East Oxford does love a Samba band - Larkrise Primary School getting everyone dancing at Manzil Way.
17.56: Torch now headed off up Barns Road but party atmosphere in Blackbird Leys looks set to continue into the evening.
17.52: Torch now on Blackbird Leys Road. Lots of cheering and loud music.
17.51: In fine Cowley Road tradition, the road's residents are out on balconies with bass thumping through open windows.
17.50: Torch making its way up Cuddesdon Way. Crowds running after it.
17.48: The drums of Sol Samba are beginning to make the Cowley Road vibrate - it feels like carnival time.
17.47: Olympic Torch arrives in Blackbird Leys! Hundreds lining the route waving flags.
17.41: Real party atmosphere in Blackbird Leys and only five mins until the torch arrives.
17.37: Getting very crowded around The Plain, Oxford - party atmosphere is starting to grow
17.34: The torchbearers bus has arrived in the Leys! Loud music and lots of excitement.
17.29: Nigel Roberts has given an OlympicTorch kiss to Jodie Evans at Mini Oxford.
17.27: Reggae music from the Blackbird loud and crowds now three people deep on Cuddesdon Way as the torch gets nearer.
17.26: Help for Heroes selling flags along Cowley Road - anyone for a Union Jack?
17.23: Olympic Torch has arrived at MINI Oxford
17.22: MP Andrew Smith says he is proud and excited to see the torch come through Blackbird Leys.
17.18: Exodus of people from Oxford city centre headed towards the Cowley Road - looks set to be a decent turnout an hour before the torch's expected.
17.17: Mandeville and Wenlock arrive at MINI Oxford ahead of Olympic Torch arrival.
17.15: Just seen the USA quidditch team heading towards South Park event laden with broomsticks and hoops.
17.14: The Olympic torch bolted through Kidlington to cheers from hundreds along Oxford and Banbury Road
17.08: Hundreds of people now lining the streets in Blackbird Leys. Half an hour until it arrives.
17.07: Cowley Road Methodist Church also seeing people starting to gather while many restaurants are moving over into the pavements.
17.06: Issy Jackson carrying the torch through Kidlington.
17.05: Osney the Oxford Mail mascot getting lots of attention in Blackbird Leys ahead of the torch arriving.
17.04: Osney the Oxford Mail mascot getting lots of attention in Blackbird Leys ahead of the torch arriving.
16.58: Crowds beginning to gather at Manzil Way Park.
16.48: Blackbird landlord Glen Williams says it is great for people on the Leys to see the torch come through their estate.
16.42: People waiting for torch relay to begin in Kidlington.
16.36: Issy Jackson is the first in Kidlington to take the Olympic Torch.
16.35: Oxford's school children getting into Olympic Torch party mood at mini plant. Dancing and waving flags.
16.28: Crowds starting to gather in Cuddesdon Way ahead of the torch arriving on the Leys in an hour.
16.25: Pegasus school excitedly waiting for Olympic Torch at Mini plant, Oxford
16.24: Mum and dad of Verity Westgate, nominated for her work for mental charity mind, show their support.
16.17: Prime Minister David Cameron said: "You earned it" as cancer campaigner Clive Stone hands over the Olympic Torch in Woodstock.
16.16: MINI Plant Oxford Olympic Torch bearers Paul Kelsey, Nigel Roberts, Jodie Evans, Michael Spicer.
16.15: Kids at Adventure Playground in Blackbird Leys running their own relay ahead of the torch arriving. Lots of excitement.
16.14: Cancer campaign Clive Stone, who handed over the Olympic Torch in Woodstock, said: "It was great. Very exhilarating."
16.10: Maureen Wilson and Nene Walsh are among many bringing some red, white and blue to Kidlington. Torch will arrive at 1640.
16.08: Oxford Mail interview with Daley Thompson ahead of Olympic Torch arrival at MINI Plant, Oxford. His choice to light flame - Lord Coe
16.01: Olympic Torch makes its way into Blenheim Palace.
16.00: Olympic Torch handed over in Woodstock!
15.59: Flags waving and the crowd cheering as the Olympic Torch comes through Woodstock.
15.58: Pupils at North Kidlington Primary School have been given time off to see the torch, so lots of little blue ones here today.
15.57: Torchbearer in Woodstock waiting to receive the Olympic Torch
15.55: David Cameron with Olympic Torch bearer in Woodstock.
15.52: St Mary's Church bells ringing out as torch passes through streets. Chariots of Fire playing now.
15.51: Lloyds TSB truck now on torch route.
15.50: Coca-Cola truck now on Olympic Torch route in Woodstock. "This is your moment" blaring out.
15.49: Flag waving cheerleaders and a truck is playing loud music as the Olympic Torch passes through
15.47: Police outriders lead the way as Olympic Torch arrives in Woodstock
15.46: Some youngsters making the most of closed Oxford Road, Kidlington and having a kick about.
15.44: Here it comes! Olympic Torch arrives in Woodstock.
15.42: Hundreds of people in Woodstock waiting for the Olympic Torch to come through.
15.40: We've just been told 10 minutes before the Olympic Torch hits Woodstock.
15.38: The crowd cheers as a man runs through Woodstock carrying an inflatable Olympic Torch. Everyone's in great spirits
15.26: Kidlington all closed off awaiting the torch at about 16.30, some early birds already here
15.18: David Cameron has arrived in Woodstock for the Olympic Torch procession.
15.17: Smiling faces all around as the excitement in Woodstock ramps up. The Olympic Torch is almost here.
15.16: 15 minutes to go in Woodstock before the Olympic Torch comes through. Hundreds lining the streets now.
15.13: Torch has reached Kirtlington
15.03: Former Olympian Julie Bradbury just spoke to the hundreds gathered in Woodstock for the Olympic Torch.
15.01: Torch bearers, families, and workers prepping for Olympic Torch arrival at Mini Plant Oxford
14.58: Watching juggling skills in Woodstock town centre as we wait for the Olympic Torch
14.56: Half an hour to go before the Olympic Torch makes its way through Woodstock.
14.44: Olympic Torch has arrived in Bicester!
14.40: Five minute count down before the torch arrives in Bicester
14.33: Crowds five deep in Sheep Street, Bicester waiting for the torch
14.32: Langford village school pupils waiting for the torch, cheering and waving flags.
14.31: Everyone is in fantastic spirits in Woodstock as they wait for the Olympic Torch.
14.17: Former Olympian Julia Bradbury will address the crowd in Woodstock at 2.45pm, before the Olympic Torch makes its way through town.
14.10: Union flags waving in Sheep Street, Bicester
14.08: Dozens of people gathered in Woodstock, listening to live music in the Market Square and waiting for the Olympic Torch.
14.01: Bicester U3A out in force to welcome the Olympic Torch.
13.58: Whistles blowing, drums banging, excitement building in Sheep Street, Bicester.
13.39: Troops from 23 pioneer regiment lining the route along with police and volunteers.
13.37: People are already starting to line Sheep Street in Bicester to wait for the torch.
13.32: School children making their way through Woodstock to watch the Olympic Torch pass through Blenheim Palace later.
13.30: Live entertainment on in Woodstock Market Square as the town waits for the Olympic Torch.
12.00: Just beginning to gear up for the Olympic Torch coming through Oxfordshire.