Olympic flame torchbearers revealed
An Iraq war veteran, an 84-year-old marathon "walker" and a star teenage gymnast with cystic fibrosis have been confirmed as among the 8,000 people to carry the Olympic Flame next summer.
The trio were among 29 torchbearers guaranteed a part of the 8,000 mile route.
It will take them and a relay team of 8,000 "inspirational" people 70 days to complete.
The 29 were told in the last few weeks they had won one of the first confirmed places and were then sworn to secrecy.
Moira Starkey, 84, from Storridge, Herefordshire, won her place after raising more than £10,000 for charity and by walking round Storridge village hall 2,000 times to cover 26 miles.
Miss Starkey, who walks with two sticks, said: "I am fighting fit. I found out I was involved a fortnight ago but I had to keep it under wraps and I couldn't say anything. I don't mind how far I walk as long as I don't drop it."
She will be joined by Simon Brown, 32, from Morley, West Yorkshire, who lost most of his sight after being shot in the face while saving six colleagues in Iraq in 2006. He was nominated for helping young people come to terms with sight loss and for his work with military charities.
Mr Brown, who served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, said he was ecstatic. "Five years ago I was in a hospital bed being told I had lost my sight. I went from being a soldier to being a blind man. I have been rebuilding my life for the last five years and the nomination is recognition of how far I've come."
Gymnast Holly Hamill, 17, of Glengormly, Northern Ireland, was nominated by her family and coach for overcoming cystic fibrosis to become a star athlete - this year winning four gold apparatus medals at the Rhythmic British Championships. She said: "It is amazing to be part of this - I just hope I don't fall over. The feeling should be epic."
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has made 6,800 conditional offers so far - with participants subject to background checks. The final Torchbearer team will be revealed by March.