Olympic torch relay: Day 1

Ben Ainslie holds the Olympic Torch at Land's End School Reporters took this photo of Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie, the first torchbearer to carry the flame


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School Reporters are on hand to tell the story of the Olympic torch as it begins its 70-day and 8,000-mile journey around the UK.

The Olympic torch touched down on UK soil on Friday evening accompanied by football star David Beckham and HRH Princess Royal.

School Reporters are out and about along the torch route all day, so check out our photo gallery for all their pictures of the day's action.

And School Reporters have already been working to produce some great stories about the arrival of the Olympic flame and the role of the torchbearers. Read on to find out what they've been up to!

Going live!

Torchbearer Henry appeared on the BBC News Channel on Friday along with two other pupils from Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance.

School Reporters Tanisha and Jacob got the chance to explore RNAS Culdrose as the base prepared to welcome the Olympic torch to the UK.

The film they made went out on the News Channel - and BBC presenter Jane Hill, who was fronting the coverage from Cornwall, really seemed to like it!

Cape Cornwall at Land's End

Ben Ainslie holds the Olympic Torch at Land's End Sailor Ben Ainslie was the first torchbearer

School Reporters from Cape Cornwall were at Land's End when the Olympic Torch Relay route was announced last year and today, they went back to watch the Olympic Torch arrive by helicopter.

They got a fantastic photo of sailor Ben Ainslie, the first person to run with the flame, holding the flame while surrounded by crowds.

Miss Hill, who was with the reporting team, said: "Despite the early start we were delighted that the sun came out and lit the way for it's arrival. A great time was had by all!"

In case you missed it yesterday, check out Molly and Emily's behind the scenes look at the preparations RNAS Culdrose made for the arrival of the torch.

Flame takes flight

Ben Fogle waves while carrying the Olympic flame Ben Fogle gives School Reporter Taylor a wave

TV presenter Ben Fogle got the chance to take the Olympic flame up in a helium balloon at the Eden Project - and School Reporters were there to see it.

Katie, Neely and Taylor from Poltair School in St Austell spoke to him before his big moment.

He told them: "I'm a bit nervous that I might burn the balloon!"

As the balloon rose, Taylor called out to Ben who turned round and gave him a wave!

Appearing on The One Show!

Torchbearer Henry is quizzed by The One Show presenters Chris Evans and Alex Jones

The One Show is one of the most popular programmes on BBC One, and Henry got another chance to shine on Friday when he was quizzed on a special Olympic torch edition of the show.

Presenters Chris Evans and Alex Jones asked about Henry's expectations ahead of carrying the torch and whether his friends were jealous of him.

Evans decided that Henry was "definitely the right man for the job" and also joked with him after the 12-year-old said he was running from the police station!

Torch bearers share excitement

One of those carrying the torch is Henry from Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance. He is one of the 212 12-year-olds from across the country that were chosen to carry the flame and one of the 8,000 in total.

In April, Henry told School Report why he was nominated for the honour and what he's been doing to prepare for his big moment.

Where is the torch today?

  • Land's End
  • Sennen
  • Newlyn
  • Penzance
  • Marazion
  • Rosudgeon
  • Ashton
  • Breage
  • Helston
  • Falmouth
  • Truro
  • Newquay
  • St Stephen
  • Trewoon
  • St Austell
  • Stenalees
  • Bugle
  • Lanivet
  • Bodmin
  • Liskeard
  • Saltash
  • Plymouth

How did you find out you were a torchbearer?

I've known for about a month because my teacher Mr Ragett had to get my mum to sign a leaflet giving me permission to do it.

Why were you nominated?

For helping the community. I've just recently picked up my half-colours badge, and I've worked in a nursery feeding the kids and I've also been laying the tables and cooking in a restaurant.

How do you feel about it?

Really, really happy!

Will you be training for it?

Yes - I'm going to be doing a lot of training. I'm going to train with a brick because that's how heavy the Olympic torch is going to be!

How long have you had to wait to tell people? How did your friends react?

I've been waiting about a month and I've been really wanting to tell people! My friends were really happy for me and I'm still getting a lot of compliments even now.

Don't forget...

The BBC's torch relay website at www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay is the perfect place to keep across everything, watch the torch's journey continuously and get full details of the route.

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