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Olympic torch: Flame travels by cable car and visits Chatsworth

  • 29 June 2012
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The Olympic flame travelled on a cable car and visited Chatsworth House on day 42 of the torch relay.

The 112-mile journey from Nottingham to Derby began at Nottingham Castle where the relay visited the Robin Hood statue, and took in 12 communities.

British gymnast Dominick Cunningham carried the flame on the Heights of Abraham cable car in Derbyshire's Peak District and earlier ran in the relay.

Ex World Superbiker James Toseland lit the cauldron to end the day in Derby.

There were 98 torchbearers in total and the first of them was Barbara Green , who has volunteered in the local community for many years helping young people, particularly those with special educational needs.

She carried the flame through the grounds of Nottingham Castle to the Robin Hood statue, the beginning of the relay's journey through Nottingham, Newstead, Glapwell, Bolsover, Calow, Chesterfield, Matlock, Darley Dale, Bakewell, Buxton, Ashbourne and Derby.

Trio of sportsmen

Mid-morning the relay visited Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron, where swimmer Samuel Van de Schootbrugge carried the torch.

The 19-year-old held a 200m individual medley record and is described as a future Olympics prospect.

In the afternoon, gymnast Dominick Cunningham took the flame on the Heights of Abraham sky-ride at Matlock Bath.

At last year's Commonwealth Youth Games, Cunningham was the most successful gymnast with his haul of two golds, a silver and a bronze.

In Bakewell, the relay visited Chatsworth House , the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, which has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.

A trio of sportsmen carried the flame through Derby, starting with Paralympic gold medal hopeful Dan Greaves .

The 29-year-old from neighbouring Leicestershire won discus gold in the F44 category at the Athens Paralympic Games and is keen to reclaim his title on home soil in London.

Olympic boxer Donald Scott later took the flame. Mr Scott, who has Parkinson's disease, won a silver medal in the last Games to be held in London in 1948.

He made it to the light-heavyweight final but lost out on the top prize to South African George Hunter.

Toseland lit the cauldron in Darley Park to close the day. The 32-year-old double World Superbike champion retired from racing last year because of a wrist injury.

Earlier, Lawrence Morton, the headmaster of Toseland's former school, Wales High School in South Yorkshire, carried the Olympic flame.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

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