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Queen's Nurse carries Olympic torch

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The Olympic torch arrived in London this week as it nears the end of its journey through the UK to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

By that time it arrives, the torch will have been carried by some 8,000 people, none more proud than Queen's Nurse David Lighten (pictured), a community cardiac nurse from Bradford who carried the flame through the streets of Leeds.

'It was absolutely amazing. We were practically surrounded by people wanting to see us and take photos,' Mr Lighten said.

'Once it was my turn to take the flame my biggest worry was whether it was going to go out. The weather was perfect but a little bit windy, and although I was trying to run slowly that's quite difficult to do when you're used to running fast!

'It was like a party atmosphere, just unbelievable. In the evening I went to the Leeds celebration event and had a few moments where I was asked to pose for photos with groups of kids.'

The Olympic opening ceremony takes place on Friday, 24 July, and is rumoured to feature a troupe of singing and dancing NHS nurses.

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