Olympic torch makes its way through United Kingdom (PHOTOS)

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The Olympic flame burns in a cauldron atop the Athens Acropolis on May 16, 2012 in Athens, Greece. The Olympic flame with be handed over to London during a handing over ceremony that will be held in Athens on Thursday May 17.

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On the 56th day of its 70-day journey, the Olympic torch went to Chesil Beach and Durdle Door, according to the BBC. Making its way from Athens, Greece, the torch was set to make an 8,000 mile journey with 8,000 torchbearers holding it along the way.

On July 12, former basketball star Michael Johnson took the flame to Stonehenge at dawn, the BBC said. It has passed through the hands of celebrities and common folk, young and old, and will make it to London when the Olympic games start on July 27.

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    High Priestess Ino Menegaki lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera during the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame at Ancient Olympia on May 10, 2012 in Olympia, Greece.

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    Spyros Gianniotis of Greece holds the London 2012 Olympic Torch during the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame at Ancient Olympia on May 10, 2012 in Olympia, Greece.

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    Milos Bicanski

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    The Olympic flame burns in a cauldron atop the Athens Acropolis on May 16, 2012 in Athens, Greece. The Olympic flame with be handed over to London during a handing over ceremony that will be held in Athens on Thursday May 17.

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    A High Priestess prepares to light the flame at the Panathinaiko stadium during the Olympic Torch Handover Ceremony, on May 17, 2012 in Athens, Greece.

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    Milos Bicanski

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    Princess Anne, Princess Royal (C) holds a carrier containing the Olympic flame (C) alongside Spiros Kapralos (L), President of Greek IOC, at the Panathinaiko stadium during the Olympic Torch Handover Ceremony, on May 17, 2012 in Athens, Greece.

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    Former England footballer David Beckham carries the Olympic torch as it arrives at RNAS Culdrose air base in Cornwall, south-west England, on May 18, 2012. The Olympic Torch relay starts on Saturday at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour to also visit the Irish capital Dublin. It will culminate in the flame being brought to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Games on July 27.

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    Olympic gold medal sailor and the first London 2012 torchbearer, Ben Ainslie poses for a photograph beside the Lands End sign on May 19, 2012 in Cornwall, England. The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK yesterday and now begins a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Olympic Flame torchbearer Sarah Blight exchanges with the next runner Johanna Dickinson in front of St Michael's Mount on May 19, 2012 in Cornwall, England. The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK yesterday and now begins a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Former Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba runs with the 2012 London Olympic torch in the streets of Swindon, west of London, on May 23, 2012. Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba confirmed on Tuesday he will leave newly-crowned European champions Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of June.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Olympic torchbearer Will.i.am carries the Olympic flame on May 21, 2012 in Taunton, England. The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK last Friday and is now on day three of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, The Olympic Flame during a hand-over on the leg between Cardigan/Aberteifi and Brynhoffnant. on May 27, 2012 in Wales. The Olympic Torch is on the ninth day of its journey around the United Kingdom which will involve 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Olympic Torch bearer Geraldine McCann carries the torch past the Carson statue up to Stormont government buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 3, 2012. The Olympic Torch relay started at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour to also visit the Irish capital Dublin.

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    Protestors tussle with police as the Olympic Torch approaches the Peace Bridge in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on June 4, 2012. The torch had to be stopped and re-routed. The Olympic Torch relay started at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour through the Irish capital Dublin.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearers 007 John (L) and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, carry the Olympic Flame on day 19 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on June 6, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.

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    Stunt cyclist Danny MacKaskill rides with the Olympic Torch outside Kelvingrove Art Grove Art Gallery during the leg between Stranrear and Glasgow on June 8, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Olympic torch arrived in Scotland last night to begin its tour of Scotland. The Olympic Flame is now on day 21 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer Matthew Cox carries the Olympic Flame during day 23 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on June 10, 2012 in Lerwick, Scotland. The Olympic Flame is now on day 23 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Joseph Forrest and children from Madras College, run along West Sands with the Olympic Torch during the Torch Relay on June 13, 2012 in St Andrews, Scotland. The Olympic Flame is now on day 26 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Singer songwriter John Legend carries the Olympic Torch during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on June, 13, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Olympic Flame is now on day 26 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Spectators shelter under umbrellas on the streets in Morpeth despite the rain on the Torch Relay on June 15, 2012 in Morpeth, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 28 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer and cricketer Paul Collingwood carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Durham and Sherburn Hill on the Torch Relay leg outside Durham Cathedral on June 17, 2012 in Durham, England.

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    A child holds a Union Jack and an inflatable Olympic Torch as he waits for the Olympic Flame to pass on the Torch Relay leg between Lytham St Anne's and Manchester on June 23, 2012 in Burnley, England.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer Richard McCann dances as he carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Headingley and Harehills on Day 37 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on June 24, 2012 in Headingley, England.

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    Johnson Beharry VC carries the Olympic torch on National Armed Forces Day at the National War Memorial on June 30, 2012 in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Johnson Beharry, holder of the Victoria Cross the highest military decoration, carried the Olympic flame and respectfully held the torch in front of the Armed Forces Memorial at The National Memorial Arboretum.

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    Elizabeth Carpenter carries the Olympic torch across the River Wensum on July 5, 2012 in Norwich, England.

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    In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer Richard Game passes the Olympic Flame to Torchbearer Caroline Emeny in front of the beach huts at Southwold during Day 48 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 5, 2012 in Southwold, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 48 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip look at the Olympic Flame at Windsor Castle, west of London, on July 10, 2012. The London 2012 Olympic Games will start on July 27, 2012.

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    Torchbearer Phil Wells leaves the castle and runs down the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on day 53 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 10, 2012 in Windsor, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 53 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Former US Olympic athlete Michael Johnson poses for pictures with the 2012 London Olympic Torch at the world heritage site of Stonehenge in south-west England, on July 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will begin on July 27, 2012.

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    Torchbearer Alan Surtees, carries the Olympic Flame up Gold Hill as the Torch Relay on day 55 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 12, 2012 in Shaftesbury, England. With just over two weeks to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Flame is now on day 55 and the final leg of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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    Torchbearer Lisa Devine holds the Olympic Flame in front of Durdle Door, during Day 56 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 13, 2012 in Dorset, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 56 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.

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