‘The best day of my life’

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Sophie Russell, 16, from Market Rasen was left with serious injuries and scarring after being attacked by a gang who punched her in the face about 20 times.

Sophie – who has slept with her torch every night since carrying it through Brigg on Tuesday - was selected to carry the Olympic Flame because she wants to show other people they can turn their life around no matter what has happened to them.

She said: “It was the best day of my life – I had such a big adrenaline rush. Before I started I was really nervous but the support from the crowd was overwhelming – they were all screaming and cheering.

“I lost a lot of sleep in the run up to the day, I was so excited and nervous at the same time. It was surreal.”

Sophie is having her nose rebuilt in September and is well on the way to making a full recovery from the attack.

She said: “Carrying the Torch has made me think that something good can come out of something bad.”