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London 2012 Olympics: Celebrity torch bearers

Bruce Forsyth



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One of the perks of fame is being invited to experience cool things us mere mortals just dream about, such as running with the Olympic flame on its relay around UK and Ireland!

TV legend Bruce Forsyth was one of the final torch bearers. He carried the Olympic torch outside the BBC in White City, which was the site of the stadium that hosted the first London Games in 1908, and said he'd fulfilled a lifelong dream.

"I have been waiting for this for 84 years and I have finally done it, I have carried the Olympic torch. Today I did 300 metres but I could have done 1500 metres at a real good pace."

112Comments
19/07/2012 14:54
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whats with all the celebrities, sportsrersons, and hasbeens.? thought these games were about the ordinary people, according to lord look at me coe
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so wrong so called celebs get enough the olympics are about ordinary people
22/07/2012 17:15
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Almost everyone in our small village (Dymchurch in Kent) voted for a young man called Leo to be a torch bearer. Leo, while having both physical and mental difficulties still managed to represent England as a goalkeeper in a disabled football team and he and his family have raised lots of money for charity. What do we get instead? Will-I-bloody-am, Paloma Faith, JEDWARD!, Jamie bloody Oliver etc! The whole bloody thing stinks!
20/07/2012 11:45
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Why do we have to have so called celebrities as torch bearers, there are far more deserving people in this country that are British and would have loved the honour of being torch bearers. All they are after is more publicity. Why Will i am,  an American who hasn't even got the decency to put his bloody phone down for 5 minutes to carry and respect the torch for what it represents, he is a disgrace and shame on him and whoever chose him. For the majority of British people these games are an expensive publicity seeking farce, even the spice girls are trying to get in on the closing ceremony, god help us.     
22/07/2012 18:18
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non british .... then non runners imo

not a racist thing by the way , just why on earth would you let non british run with the torch here

 

as for " celebrities "

jedward , dizzee rascal , will i am , patrick kielty , colin murray , kirsty gallacher james mcavoy  , faith paloma and jamie oliver 

 

jesus christ  there must be more deserving people from members of the public or former british olympians/sportsmen/women than that lot

 

unbelievable

22/07/2012 14:57
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this is just another example of the Great Olympic con - when the torch relay was suppose to be for those that have done stuff for there community not for Pop Stars and celebraties to Cash In on....Disgusting
22/07/2012 18:31
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OMG ... How sodding annoying is this !

 

I'm  not  anti  the  Olympics,  but  I  am   anti  big  headed  so  called  celebrities  and  foreigners   taking  over  the  torch bearing,  which  should  have  been  for ' ordinary'  Brits  who  have  shown  their  dedication  to  a cause or overcome  personal adversity.

 

Whoever  permitted  this  to  happen  should  be  sacked  now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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just go,s to show what the olympic organisers think of the general public people who have done good deeds struggled with dissabilities raised thousands for charities with no monitary rewards for themselfs

by giving the torch to so called celebs to boost thier inflated ego,s bow your heads in shame. why has,nt the media taken this up

24/07/2012 11:07
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HOW HAVE ACTORS AND MINOR CELEBRITIES EARNED THE RIGHT TO CARRY THE OLYMPIC TORCH. IN MY OPINION LOCAL HEROES ON ROUTE AND SPORTS PERSONALITIES SHOULD BE THE RIGHTFUL BEARERS OF THE TORCH

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I agree whole heartedly with Peter Jefferey, why oh why must these egotistical so called celebs hog the limelight. What do these organisers judge to be worthy. Never mind you worthy folks who have been ignored totally and certainly overlooked, i take my hat off to you all and say on behalf of the British people a great thankyou, for every kind and charitable thing you do. God bless you all.Celebs go away.
22/07/2012 15:58
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What a joke Britian is turning the Olympics into!  Why are these celeb holding the torch?  Using the Olympic torch to gain their own fame etc!  Surely it should be the past olympians from the UK and people who have participated in chartiy events etc for the UK.  Compare this to the other week where an Ex soldier who had severly disabling injuries bravely carried the torch.

This is the current country we are living in, fame hungry people who are spending above their means, bringing the finicial side of the country to its knees.  So called celebs such as Jordan, a glamourised stripper with no real talent, Pete Andre the singer who cant sing! 

Palmo Faith is a singer sort of actress wierdo what is she doing carrying the torch . . In hi heels!  Theats it a bit of fame for her.

Will i am - he americian, so what has he got to do with the olympics in the UK

Lewis Hamilton - Grand prix driving is not an olympic sport, he doesnt live in the UK, to much tax!

Lord Coe should be embarrassed how they have turned this in to a media circus to help out celebs fame!

22/07/2012 19:28
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What a headline. Celebrities queue up!!!

How vain are these people?

Anything for a bit of limelight. How sad!! 

19/07/2012 19:33
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Looks like anybody can be a torch bearer!

Are we short of sports people in this country?

22/07/2012 18:05
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Agree with you all why have these so called celebs carry the torch.it justs gives them free publicity.

i could go on but will lose my rag. all of you have made my point.the games are a farce.and Seb Coe tried to stop people wearing gear which might of clashed with the sponsors IE wearing pepsi cola

shirt instead of coca cola one F$%*ing crazy

BUT WE HAVE WORST TO COME  "THE SPICE GIRLS"

22/07/2012 13:16
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Why all these so called celebs?? 
22/07/2012 17:07
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This olympic games is ending up as a very expensive farce and publicity stunt for the taxpayer so these publicity seeking morons called celebrities get more free publicity. There are far more deserving BRITISH people who would have been honoured to have carried the torch, but what do we get, the likes of  Will i am, an american rapper and black eyed peas front man, who had no respect for the torch and what it represents, was more interested in his bloody phone and his fan club, pity the prat didn't fall over and break his disrespectful neck, he is a disgrace, and should be made to apologise. Its a disgrace to athletes past and present and genuine BRITISH un sung heroes that should have been asked to do the honour, not overpaid publicity seekers.

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"celebs" ?  more like a bunch of idiots !

22/07/2012 17:04
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Self indulgent talentless prats. GET OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22/07/2012 15:17
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why does nearly everyone have to be a celebrirty. It is supposed to be for the people that have done something for there local community
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celebs carrying the flame detract from the purpose of the torch relay. It also shows off themselves instead of the area the flame is travelling through.
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