9 July 2012
Last updated at 10:06
Taking up pole position for day 52 of the torch relay was Lewis Hamilton. Despite the early start hundreds of people gathered to watch him carrying the flame from the day's starting point in St George's Square, Luton. The Formula One racing driver said he had bought his torch and planned to keep it above his mantelpiece.
Next to carry the flame on the journey from Luton to Oxford was Hollie Baxter who was cheered by the crowds as Hamilton handed her the flame. Hollie, 17, was born with Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome and was told at the age of 10 that she would not walk again.
Taking up the flame on one of the last legs in Luton was 12-year-old Keiran Jays. He is a pupil at Oak Bank, Bedfordshire's only school for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and is also a keen sportsman, taking part in rock climbing, cycling skills and gymnastics.
Former badminton player Gail Emms carried the flame in Milton Keynes. She won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the mixed doubles with Nathan Robertson, and the pair also won gold at the 2006 World Championships in Madrid.
Jessica Stalley, 16, had the honour of taking the flame to Bletchley Park where she was keen for the waiting schoolchildren to have a chance to touch the torch. Nominated by her grandparents, Jessica is still a keen swimmer at her club, Modernians, despite undergoing spinal surgery three years ago.
The torch relay visited Bletchley Park, where it was met by an ancient Olympic-themed welcome. Hazel Staten held the flame aloft in a not-so-secret ceremony outside the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during World War II.
Mexico international footballer Gerardo Torrado opted for a leap rather than a Mexican wave when he carried the flame in Stoke Mandeville.
The flame passed between Ian Estick and Gemma Collis on the running track at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. In was in Stoke Mandevilole in 1948 that Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann staged the forerunner of the Paralympic Games - the International Wheelchair Games.
Prime Minister David Cameron (right) was on hand in Woodstock to greet the torchbearer he nominated, Clive Stone MBE. Mr Stone, who has had cancer since 2007, is the founder of Justice for Kidney Cancer Patients, a group campaigning for improvements in cancer treatment options for patients.
The flame paid a visit to the stately home of Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, where Sir Winston Churchill was born. Pat Pearce MBE had the honour of holding her torch aloft outside.
The final torchbearer of the day was former teacher Malcolm Fretter. He took the flame into the evening celebration in Oxford's South Park before lighting the cauldron to mark the official end of the day.