Olympic torch: Amy Williams and Jason Gardener carry flame
- 22 May 2012
- From the section UK
Day four of the London 2012 torch relay saw Winter Olympics gold medal winner Amy Williams carry the flame.
She said it was an "amazing feeling" to carry the torch in Yeovil and she was "very proud to be British".
Sprinter Jason Gardener, who won gold in the 4x100m relay in Athens in 2004, carried the flame in Bath.
Doris Whiting, 91, also carried the torch on its journey from Taunton to Bristol , as did Eleanore Regan who gave birth last week.
The journey started on the River Tone in Taunton at 06:12 BST and took in Glastonbury and Wells Cathedral - the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
Glastonbury is the home of the popular music and performing arts festival attended by about 150,000 people each year, but organisers decided not to host the event in 2012 partly because of the Olympics.
The torch also travelled through the World Heritage Site of Bath where Avon and Somerset Police said some 65,000 people turned out to see the spectacle.
The relay covered 108.05 miles, carried by 147 torchbearers, on its way to the Amphitheatre in Bristol where a cauldron was lit as part of the evening celebration.
Ms Williams, a former skeleton racer, was the first British person for 30 years to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics when she won in Vancouver in 2010.
After carrying the flame she tweeted : "Amazing feeling, very proud to be British and to have had the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch. Thank you."
She went on to co-present the BBC West special Olympic torch programme from the Amphitheatre, her first time in such a role.
Jason Gardener took his section at a leisurely pace as he greeted the crowds lining the streets of his home city and later tweet ed: "What an incredible amazing experience and honour it was to carry the torch through my home city of Bath. Very emotional!"
Doris Whiting, one of the oldest people in the relay, carried the torch through Shepton Mallet on Tuesday morning.
Awarded an MBE in 2008, Mrs Whiting ran the local Brownies for 32 years, worked for Age Concern for 20 years and Meals on Wheels for 17 years.
The next generation got a look-in when torchbearer Eleanore Regan, 29, who gave birth last week, carried the flame through Bath.
Ms Regan, who runs charities and groups in Bristol and Africa, was supplied with a new tracksuit for the day, replacing her original one that was too big because she had not been expected to give birth to her son, William, until tomorrow.
Large crowds thronged the streets of Somerset towns and villages throughout the day to see the torch relay go by.
One of the torchbearers in Frome was former serviceman Gavin Harvey, 31, who lost both his legs while serving with the Army in Afghanistan.
Mr Harvey, who now raises funds for military charities, carried the torch in a specially adapted wheelchair.
BBC Somerset's Vernon Harwood in Frome said: "This part of Somerset is so well known for its celebration, for carnival, for really pulling out all the stops. I'm in the Market Place and there is the most fantastic atmosphere, there is a sea of smiling faces and waving Union flags."
In Wiltshire police said 5,000 people had gathered in Southwick, 15,000 in Trowbridge and 10,000 on the first stretch in Bradford on Avon.
The sun continued to shine as the torch made its way into Bristol for the final stretch of the fourth day of the relay and the evening event.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that the torch will be carried by Zara Phillips on Wednesday .
The daughter of the Princess Royal will enter Cheltenham racecourse on horseback in the finale to the day's journey from Bristol.
The 70-day relay around the UK finishes at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July.
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame on its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July.
It is being borne by members of the public, young and old, who were nominated for their achievements, sporting contributions and community work.
Olympians and other VIPs will also carry the torch.
Each of the torchbearers runs with the flame for about 300m before lighting the next bearer's torch in a "kiss".
Officers from the Torch Security Team, co-ordinated by the Metropolitan Police, are accompanying the runners throughout the relay.