Chancellor’s torch honour

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LANCASTER University Chancellor and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has carried the Olympic torch to the top of Snowdon in North Wales.

Sir Chris was one of 8,000 people chosen to carry the torch as it journeys across the UK ahead of the start of games. The flame travelled in a lantern on the Snowdon Mountain Railway before Sir Chris took the torch to the top on day eleven of the relay.

He was watched by a crowd who gathered at the summit which is 1085m (3,560 feet) above sea level.

He said: “The experience exceeded all my expectations. There were so many people waiting on the top of Snowdon and they were so warmly welcoming and friendly as I climbed the last few feet up onto the summit and clambered up onto the top of the trig point.”