Atomic Kitten to carry Jubilee flame

Girl group Atomic Kitten were today carrying the Millennium Flame into St Paul's Cathedral on the last leg of the Golden Jubilee summer party relay.

The flame used by the Queen to light the millennium beacon on December 31, 1999, will burn brightly once more for her Jubilee.

She will use the millennium torch, sponsored by British Gas in aid of Cancer Research UK, to ignite a Golden Jubilee beacon outside Buckingham Palace on Monday June 3.

During the last month, the flame has been carried on a 500-mile journey from a church in Great Yarmouth where it had been kept alive by Jubilee summer party chairman Bruno Peek.

A host of celebrities have been torchbearers, including chart toppers Liberty X, boxer Frank Bruno and former Green Goddess Diana Moran, as well as the pop trio Atomic Kitten who were today riding through central London on an open-top bus.

James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, whose first wife Cassie died of ovarian cancer, also backed the relay which was diverted to Pinewood Studios, near Slough, where he was filming the latest 007 movie, Die Another Day.

He said: "There can't be a family in the land that hasn't been affected by the disease, my own included. Often the outcome is tragic and lives are torn apart.

"But more and more we hear of people surviving the disease and that makes me believe that there is great hope for the future."

The flame was this morning being blessed in front of 1,500 recovered cancer patients, MPs, peers and representatives of UK cancer charities at a service in the London cathedral.

Also present were 10-year-old singing star Declan Galbraith and Britain's triumphant Olympic curling team.

Following the St Paul's service, the flame was being guarded at Wellington Barracks, close to Buckingham Palace, before being presented to the Queen during the Golden Jubilee bank holiday weekend celebrations.

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