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Walliams 'humbled' to carry Torch
Comedian David Walliams was one of a host of celebrities parading the Olympic Flame through the streets of London on the eve of the Games.
The torch is being cheered on by thousands of people as it takes in some of the capital's most famous landmarks.
It will pass through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, witnessed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and the West End a day before its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey comes to a close.
Little Britain comedian and charity fundraiser Walliams carried the flame at around 8.30am outside Islington Town Hall, as it made its way towards St Paul's Cathedral.
Walliams said: "I felt really humbled to be a part of it. This torch and this flame is bigger than anybody out there and there's something about the spirit and I really got a sense of that running along.
"You can't really get lost on Upper Street and I had a wonderful response. I was thrilled to be asked to do it, especially so near to the Olympics starting."
The 40-year-old, whose fundraising feats include swimming the English Channel, the River Thames and the Straits of Gibraltar, added: "I'm not a natural runner but it's much easier to run and wave than swim and wave. When I was swimming the Thames there were people lining the banks so I had to stop to wave to them and it slowed me down.
"It was fantastic to be a part of it, I've been looking forward to it for ages. You get to keep the tracksuit, which is the most important thing. You have to buy the torch. There was a lovely response and I know I'm only a small part of it but it felt very special.
"I'm not a natural jogger, let alone runner, but it's only 300 metres so I did manage it. I started off walking, then I went into a jog, then I thought I would show off and started running and then it was all over. I'm glad it wasn't much further."
The torch's journey began shortly before 7am with Sir Clive Woodward, Team GB's deputy chef de mission and manager of the England 2003 World Cup Rugby winners, starting the relay from the Roundhouse in Camden.