LONDON -- An Olympic torch bearer has proposed to his girlfriend as he carried the Olympics torch through the streets of northern England.

David State proposed to his girlfriend Christine Langham on bended knee in the middle of his relay Monday between the towns of Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus in north east England. He handed the torch to a nearby security official while he proposed.

She accepted, State then took the torch back and continued his run.

Huge numbers of people have turned up all over the country to see the Olympic flame as it makes a 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometer) trek around the U.K.

The London Olympics take place from July 27 to Aug. 12.

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    David State and his new fiancee Christine Langham after stopping midway through his Torch Relay leg between Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus to propose to her on June 18, 2012 in Marske-by-the-Sea, England.

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    David State stops midway through his Torch Relay leg between Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus to propose to his girlfriend Christine Langham before continuing with the Flame on June 18, 2012 in Marske-by-the-Sea, England.

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    James Coupland carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Middlesbrough and Redcar after leaving the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge on June 18, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England.

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    James Hobley carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Stockton-On-Tees on June 17, 2012 in Stockton-On-Tees, England.

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    Mohammed Naeem greets his mother as he carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newton Aycliffe and Darlington on June 17, 2012 in Darlington, England.

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    Samuel Dixon carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Hartlepool and Billingham on June 17, 2012 in Hartlepool, England.

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    Lisa Askew carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Hartlepool on June 17, 2012 in Hartlepool, England.

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    Daniel Miller carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Durham and Sherburn Hill on June 17, 2012 in Durham, England.

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    Lawrence Smith greets a spectator as he carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Haswell Plough and Hartlepool on June 17, 2012 in Hartlepool, England.

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    Cricketer Paul Collingwood carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Durham and Sherburn Hill on the Torch Relay leg outside Durham Cathedral on June 17, 2012 in Durham, England.

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    Richard Jackson prepares to absail off the roof of the sage building before carrying the Olympic Torch on the Torch Relay leg through Gateshead on June 16, 2012 in Gateshead, England.

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    Matthew Baker lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame after the Torch Relay leg between Tow Law and Durham on June 16, 2012 in Durham, England.

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    Iris Hutchinson poses under the Angel of the North as she prepares to carry the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Sunderland and Low Fell on June 16, 2012 in Gateshead, England.