Belfast Telegraph

Saunders and Lumley's Ab Fab Relay

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have paraded the Olympic flame through London's Kensington and Chelsea.

The actresses shared the torch-carrying duties in character as Absolutely Fabulous party animals Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone.

The pair smiled and waved to the hundreds of spectators who lined the route as they completed the leg in a quick walk through Sloane Square. Despite donning trainers and the obligatory official white uniform, they managed to add a touch of glamour to proceedings.

Earlier comedian David Walliams carried the flame outside Islington Town Hall, as it made its way towards St Paul's Cathedral.

The Britain's Got Talent judge 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."

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."


From Belfast Telegraph