Opera singer Bryn Terfel among those to carry Olympic torch today


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World-famous opera singer Bryn Terfel is the high-profile face of the Olympic torch relay today.

The celebrated bass-baritone will be the final torchbearer in a relay of 84 individuals as the Olympic flame arrives in Bangor.

After an overnight stay in Aberystwyth the flame will pass through 15 communities today and travel 108 miles on its journey north.

Superfit mountain runner Malcolm Jones is among the line-up and will carry the Olympic torch through Bangor itself.

As someone who has completed every Snowdon Mountain International Race since it began 37 years ago, he is unlikely to find torchbearing tiring.

Celebrated ocean rower Elin Davies will also be a torchbearer before the flame arrives at the evening celebration in Bangor.

Teenager Carwen Richards, from Llanwrda, will be the first torchbearer of the day, starting out at Aberystwyth Cliff Railway.

She was nominated for her role by Ceredigion County Council for her work as a Youth Sports Ambassador.

Local Aberystwyth Scout Group volunteer Siobhan Besford, 22, will then carry the flame past the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle.

The Olympic flame will travel on the Ffestiniog Railway before arriving in Bangor today.

Other Torchbearers during the day include 13-year-old Katie Bohana from Caernarfon who will carry the Flame in Llan Ffestiniog.

Anthony Pumfrey, 80, an outstanding athlete in the 1950s and early 1960s, will carry the Flame in Caernarfon.