The High Priestess of Athena (actress Ino Menegaki) then used her torch to light the London 2012 torch being carried by Liverpool born Greek 10km open water swimmer Spyros Gianniatis (pictured left).
The relay of the flame has begun and the next person in the relay was one of the children who was present in Singapore in 2005 when the Games were awarded to London, now a keen boxer in East London. But like Gianniatis has both Greek and UK roots.
In the case of Alex Lukos his family came from Greece to London much as the flame will be doing over the next few weeks.
|The first hand over of the London 2010 Olympic Torch Relay|