Olympic Torch: Flame visits stately Chatsworth House - VIDEO

THE Olympic Torch has been welcomed on the South Lawn at Chatsworth House by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, writes Graham Walker.

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Torchbearer Benjamin Hope carried the torch through the picture-postcard grounds where he was also greeted by local schoolchildren.

The flame’s 112-mile journey on day 42 also took in Nottingham, Newstead, Glapwell, Bolsover, Calow, Chesterfield, Matlock, Darley Dale, Bakewell, Buxton, Ashbourne and finally Derby.

Carrying the flame in a cable car with an open window at a height of 213ft (65m) above the ground, was another highlight.

That experience was “just beautiful”, said torchbearer Dominick Cunningham, who was cheered on by hundreds of spectators as he held the torch in a Heights of Abraham cable car above the Peak District at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.

He showed no sign of nerves as the wind rocked the car from side to side - a feature Heights of Abraham organisers said they were careful to consider when discussing possible torchbearers with the Olympics committee.

Gymnast Dominick, aged 17, from Birmingham, said: “It was just brilliant - bringing everyone together for the Olympics.

“It was just beautiful coming up in the hilltop to see everyone celebrating for the Olympics and just waiting for the competition now.”

He said he practised on the cable cars once before his big moment and the weather was actually worse than Friday’s blustery conditions.

“I’ve done it once before, hanging out the window, as a trial run and today was actually better - it wasn’t as windy as the one before,” he said.

At last year’s Commonwealth Youth Games, Cunningham was the most successful gymnast with a haul of two golds, a silver and a bronze.

After leaving Matlock Bath, the flame continued its journey towards Bakewell, then Chatsworth House.