The true spirit of the Olympic Games was never more evident. As the severely injured former Paratrooper Ben Parkinson who lost both of his legs, and suffered both back and brain injuries in Afghanistan in 2006.
Carried the Olympic torch, through the streets of Doncaster today. The ex-servicemen was helped by an assistant on his half hour walk. Where he was cheered on, by hundreds of supporters, and well-wishers, along the side of the road. Where he showed his unbeatable spirit and determination every step of the way.
His comrades from the 7 th Parachute regiment turned up to support their brother in arms wearing their distinctive burgundy berets and carrying the regimental flag. A Union Jack flag is fluttering near the end of the road, which spurs him on. Till finally, he is helped to pass on the Olympic torch which is then lit with a brave smile on his face .
As the torch continues on its path, 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.
Written and Presented by Ann Salter.