Dame Ellen MacArthur is cheered on by thousands of supporters as she carries the Olympic torch in East Cowes. Picture by Pete Boam.
THE OLYMPIC torch arrived on the Isle of Wight this lunchtime (Saturday), carried on board a Wightlink ferry escorted by a flotilla of well-wishers led by Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat.
Decorated with bunting Wightlink's Wight Sky, arrived in Yarmouth shortly before 1pm.
It was met by hundreds of cheering Islanders, Medina Marching Band and children from Yarmouth Primary School.
In an impromptu moment the children were given the chance to see the flame close up by police escorts, before it began its journey to the Needles.
Teacher Paula Blackley described the experience as wonderful, while pupil George Allenden, ten, said: "It was brilliant seeing the flame close up."
In Totland it was estimated a crowd of 8,000 people had gathered to welcome the torch, according to the Isle of Wight Council.
Thousands of people also gathered in Yarmouth Square for the torch's return to the town, where it was handed to 14-year-old wheelchair user Hattie Little.
Hattie, who hopes to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics, was cheered on by her mum Helen.
Helen said: "I am exceedingly excited and very proud."
Crowds lined the streets of Gunville, Carisbrooke and Newport to watch the torch go by.
Bell ringers at the Minster Church of Sts Thomas, Newport gave a special performance to mark the torch's journey through the town.
Newport High Street was packed, as thousands of people cheered on torch bearers including Sheila Ingram, 74, the oldest of the Isle of Wight torch bearers, who was chosen for her community work.
There were incredible scenes as Island sailing heroine Dame Ellen MacArthur ran the last stage of the Isle of Wight torch relay in East Cowes.
Thousands upon thousands of cheering people lined the streets as she ran waving and smiling at the crowds.
She stopped for photographs with young people and parents in York Avenue, before running the final leg towards the Red Funnel terminal, where she was surrounded by crowds of cheering supporters.
She said: "The most amazing thing was seeing everyone smiling while the torch went through towns and villages.
"It was hugely special and quite moving."
Dame Ellen MacArthur with the Olympic torch in East Cowes. Picture by Heidi O'Sullivan.
The torch makes its way through Totland. Video by Joe Briscoe at WIGHTvid News.
Sheila Ingram with the torch in Newport. Picture courtesy of Clive Bishop @perfectknight75 via Twitter.
Sheila Ingram carrying the torch in Newport. Picture by Hugh Dinsdale.
The Olympic torch at The Needles. Picture courtesy of The Needles Park.
The Olympic torch on the chairlift at The Needles. Picture courtesy of The Needles Park.
The Olympic torch relay on Gunville Road, Carisbrooke.
The crowd at Osborne House ahead of the Olympic torch's arrival. Picture courtesy of My Destination IOW via @MyDIsleOfWight.
The Olympic torch going past County Hall in Newport High Street.
The torch makes its way out of Newport. Picture courtesy of @shelliow via Twitter.
Islander Colin McArthur proudly carries the Olympic torch during the Gunville stage of the relay. Picture by Andrew Mayne Photography www.andrewmayne.co.uk/
The Olympic torch making its way down Gunville Road, Carisbrooke.
The Olympic torch going from Colwell towards Alum Bay. Picture by Luella from @IOWGeek.
The crowds gathering in Carisbrooke High Street.
The crowd outside Down House Residential Home, Alum Bay, welcomes the torch. Picture courtesy of @IOWGarlicFest via Twitter.