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In pics: Olympic Torch on its way
18 May 2012
Last updated at 16:47
The UK gets ready to welcome the Olympic Torch as School Reporters in Cornwall go behind the scenes at the Culdrose Airbase.
All eyes are on the Royal Naval Airbase at Culdrose in Cornwall with the impending arrival of the Olympic torch...and David Beckham on Friday evening after its flight from Athens. School Reporters from Mounts Bay Academy School are gathering alongside the world's media
The torch will head around the UK for 70 days in the build-up to the Olympics and Paralympics. School Reporters Tanisha (left) and Jacob (right) link up with torchbearer Henry from Mounts Bay Academy to start the welcoming party
Jacob, Henry and Tanisha bump into BBC presenter Jane Hill at the airbase. It's a little blowy in Cornwall but the local forecast with three hours before the torch arrival is: "Mild, still, quite cloudy and overcast but not cold."
These Mounts Bay Academy reporters are leaving no stone unturned. They check out the cauldron that will accept the flame, as well as the stage builders needing to make some last-minute alterations
It's time for the BBC School Reporters to hit national television as the students get famous and make the BBC News Channel on Friday afternoon. Jacob, 12, said: "I loved being on the TV and it was so cool seeing the cauldron and holding the torch."
With a 70-day trip planned, the torch will be desperate for sleep in Cornwall. When it wakes on Saturday, it will hitch a ride on this Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter to Land's End for the relay beginning. Lord Coe, Locog chief, said: "The arrival of the flame on home soil is a magical moment for any host country."
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