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Sir Chris Hoy carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Higher Broughton and Manchester (LOCOG/PA)

Sir Chris Hoy carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Higher Broughton and Manchester (LOCOG/PA)

Spectators dressed in the Union Flag cheer on the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Burnley and Rawtenstall (LOCOG/PA)

Spectators dressed in the Union Flag cheer on the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Burnley and Rawtenstall (LOCOG/PA)

The Olympic Flame is passed between torchbearers in Rochdale (LOCOG/PA)

The Olympic Flame is passed between torchbearers in Rochdale (LOCOG/PA)

Sir Chris Hoy carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Higher Broughton and Manchester (LOCOG/PA)

Thousands of people have lined a street in Manchester to cheer on Sir Chris Hoy as he carried the Olympic torch into the city.

Britain's most successful cyclist, 36, waved at his fans as a carnival atmosphere gripped the city centre street of Deansgate.

Before setting off with the torch in his adopted home city, Sir Chris said carrying the torch had been a "family affair".

He said: "My mum carried the torch just outside Wigan, my great uncle Andy carried it just outside Dundee and I watched them both online on the live-cam and it was very emotional to see what it meant, particularly to my great uncle Andy.

"He's 95 years of age and to see how many people from the community came out to support him, it was phenomenal. It just shows the Olympic torch, it's not about gold medals, it's about communities coming together and supporting people who have made a difference to them."

The Olympic gold medallist, originally from Edinburgh, was selected because of his contribution to cycling and inspiring young people in the community to take up more sport.

Day 36 of the Olympic torch relay saw it travel 71.87 miles through 17 communities on its journey from Lytham St Annes to Manchester.

The flame was carried by 164 torchbearers culminating in an evening celebration at Manchester's Albert Square.

The relay travelled through Warton, Preston, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Crawshawbooth, Reedsholme, Rawtenstall, Rochdale, Heywood, Bury, Whitefield, Prestwich, Higher Broughton, Cheetham Hill and Manchester.

On Sunday, football legend Sir Bobby Charlton will carry the Olympic flame on day 37 as it passes Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium. The 1966 World Cup winner and Manchester United hero, 74, is one of 14 torchbearers on the leg starting from MediaCityUK at around 6.15am.

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