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Olympic Flame Tours Britain, Ireland

The Olympic Flame for the London 2012 Summer Games is now on a 70 day journey around Britain and Ireland.

Early Saturday, the first torchbearer set off from western England before a crowd of well- wishers.

The Olympic flame arrived in Britain from Greece on Friday, escorted by Princess Anne.

Soccer star David Beckham lit a ceremonial torch on the flame's arrival at the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose, England.

Some 8,000 torchbearers will carry the symbolic flame 13,000 kilometers before arriving at Olympic stadium for the opening ceremony on July 27.