Williams 'proud' of torch role
Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams said carrying the Olympic torch was an "amazing feeling".
The former skeleton racer took the flame through Yeovil in Somerset at 8am and said it made her "very proud to be British".
The 29-year-old received huge cheers from the crowd as she walked past spectators, waving and smiling broadly.
Williams announced her retirement from skeleton earlier this month, bringing an end to her career which famously culminated in a Winter Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.
She was Great Britain's first individual female gold medallist at a Winter Games in 58 years.
This morning, the athlete, who bowed out of the sport due to injury, tweeted that she had a "torch bearers meeting" to teach her how to make her torch "kiss" the next one in order to light it.
After taking part in the relay, she added: "Amazing feeling, very proud to be British and to have had the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch."
Communities from Taunton, Glastonbury, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol will see dozens of unsung and hard-working individuals get their moment in the spotlight today.
The torchbearers range in age from children to 91-year-old Doris Whiting.
Mrs Whiting will be one of the oldest of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic flame on the way to the July 27 opening ceremony.
The nonagenarian, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, will carry the flame through Shepton Mallet.
Her nomination said she received an MBE in 2008 to recognise more than 30 years of community work.
"Doris is one of the few people I know who is instantly recognised by just her first name. Mention the name Doris in Trowbridge and everyone knows who you mean," her nominator said.
"Not only Doris herself but a great many in Trowbridge too would be delighted if she were to be selected for the honour of carrying the flame. A fitting climax to a long life of ceaseless service to the community."
Gavin Harvey, 31, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, will carry the torch in Frome, Somerset.
He lost both legs in a bomb blast while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in August 2009.
His wife, who nominated him, said: "He lost both his legs, shattered his pelvis and suffered multiple internal injuries. After spending 10 and a half weeks in hospital he was finally discharged.
"Since then he has been an inspiration to all who know him in his determination to live life to the full and still be a very active father to our two very young daughters."
A former heavy drinker and smoker who saw the error of her ways will carry the torch through Bristol.
Joanne Plumbley, 36, from Tytherington, Gloucestershire, grew up disliking exercise but changed her lifestyle after joining the Territorial Army.
"Joanne grew up hating strenuous activity and was notoriously bad at games and sport," her nominator said.
"By 20 she was a heavy drinker and smoker when she had a significant health scare. Subsequently she joined the Territorial Army as a combat medic which proved strong motivation for exercise."
A man who became a marathon runner after losing 14 stone in 18 months will be also be in the spotlight.
Richard Harrison, of Shoscombe in Bath, said: "In just two years I've completely turned my life around. I'm healthy, active and happy. I'm so excited about the future."
In Bath, 19-year-old James Eynon will be a torchbearer after being nominated for helping in a campaign to save his former school in the city from closure.
He said: "My radio interviews, speeches and pieces in the local newspaper helped to overturn a decision to close my school just weeks before the closure was finalised.
"I have already shown that if you put your mind to things you can achieve your desired goal."
Organisers will be hoping for a repeat of the scenes on the first three days of the relay when excited people packed the streets of Cornwall and Somerset to catch a glimpse of the torch.
Yesterday, music producer Will.i.am made a surprise appearance and carried the torch in Taunton town centre.