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Old flames come out to greet Olympic torch.

SOME of the most iconic torches from previous Olympic Games will be on show when the current torch reaches Aberystwyth next week.

The National Library of Wales will unveil six vintage torches used in previous Games at a reception for the torch next Monday.

They include the torch carried by boxing great Muhammad Ali when he lit the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Other torches on display include those used in the 1948 London Olympic Games, Munich in 1972, the 2004 Athens Games, 1948 Mexico Games and a lesser-known torch from 1966 that was created in Greece to celebrate the centenary of the modern Olympics.

A spokeswoman for the National Library said the building where the torches are being shown also shares a link with Olympic history.

She said: "By coincidence, the proportions of the National Library of Wales are the same as the Parthenon in Athens.

"The effect the architect, Sydney Kyffin Greenslade, aimed at was that the white Portland stone library building overlooking Aberystwyth would mirror the temple overlooking classical Athens."

She added: "There are six million books in the library's collections - this will probably be the closest a naked flame will ever get to them."

The Olympic flame is scheduled to arrive at the National Library a little before 9am on Monday, May 28.

It will be carried up the stairs leading to the main entrance.

The six torches will line the stairs in a salute as the flame is carried up the front steps of the National Library to relay with the next Olympic flame holder.


* Stephen Jones, ITV archive relocation co-ordinator at the National Library of Wales, with three Olympic torches from the Games
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Date:May 23, 2012
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