On Tuesday 24 July, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – will travel 42.97 miles through the London Boroughs of Kingston upon Thames, Richmond, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing.
A special visit away from the main route of the Torch Relay:
– London Underground: The Olympic Flame will be carried by London Underground Service Operator, John Light, 64, as a train adorned with the Olympic Rings travels along the District Line from Wimbledon to Wimbledon Park.
Royal London Borough of Kingston upon Thames
8.22am – Hook Community Centre: The first Torchbearer of the day James Cracknell, 40, will start the Torch Relay at the Hook Community Centre in Kingston. Since retiring from international rowing in 2004 he is perhaps best known for his physical endeavours since this time. Many of the challenges that James undertakes result in him raising huge amounts of money for charity. Currently, James is campaigning to promote the use of cycle helmets using his own inspirational journey of recovery to illustrate their importance since his near fatal collision whilst riding his bike in 2010.
9.18am – Market Place: Anna Smith, 35, from Kingston will peel away from the main convoy and carry the Flame through the pedestrian zone Market Place. Anna was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for her work as an NHS sports therapist and for rebuilding her life after being attacked coming to the aid of a neighbour and using her the horrific experience to positive effect to enhance her skills as an Occupational Therapist.
London Borough of Richmond
10.50am – Kew Gardens: John Harding, 46, from Twickenham will carry the Flame into Kew Gardens past the Palm House. John was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign for many years loyal service to Squire’s Garden Centre and for the foster care he and his wife have offered young people over the years.
After running near the Palm House John will hand the Flame on to Oli Golding, 18, from East Twickenham who will carry the Flame to the Orangery and the Olympic Rings flower display. Oli was put forward by the British Olympic Association as he was the youngest ever junior British No. 1, and the 2011 U.S. Open Boys' Champion. He is a Youth Olympic Games Gold medallist, having won Gold in the Boys' Doubles event in Tennis at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
London Borough of Hounslow
12.20pm – Hounslow High Street: Sai Singam,12, from Hounslow will carry the Flame through Hounslow High Street, where there will be Dhol Drumming entertainment. Sai was selected through the London 2012 Get Set Education Programme for being an outstanding pupil at Marjory Kinnon School.
12.29pm – Hounslow Civic Centre: Ben Cooper, 52, from Chiswick will carry the Flame onto stage at Lampton Park. Ben was selected through the Coca-Cola campaign for his dedication to sailing both coaching young people and running training events.
London Borough of Hillingdon
2.43pm – 2.51pm Brunel University: Music stars Katy B and Mark Ronson will, courtesy of the Coca-Cola Future Flame programme, carry the Flame in and around the Brunel Graduate School.
Katy’s blend of dance, pop and dubstep music gets the youth of the world moving. Even in these early stages of her career, Katy is focused on being a positive role model in music - she puts her fans first and is constantly touched by their support. She attends fund raising events and has ambitions to be more involved in a newly formed music academy to help aspiring musicians.
Mark is a GRAMMY and BRIT Award winning producer, DJ and artist. Having worked with the biggest names in UK music - Lily Allen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Duran Duran and more, Mark actively uses his talents to showcase and up and coming talents – his albums feature collaborations to give new artists a platform to share their music with the world.
3.55pm - Hillingdon Leisure Centre: Courtesy of the Samsung programme, cricket legend Michael Vaughan is set to carry the Flame to the front steps of the centre. Former England cricket captain, Michael was a central figure in the sporting fabric of the nation for the best part of a decade. He led the England cricket team to Ashes glory in that unforgettable Series in 2005, which broke a losing sequence stretching back to 1987. Statistically he is the most successful England captain of the modern era, but his influence spread beyond the weight of numbers. His impact on the mood of the nation in that enthralling summer cannot be overstated, demonstrating the power of sport to move the British people.
London Borough of Ealing
5.16pm – Northala Fields: A Torchbearer will carry the Flame from the top of the grass hill at Northala Fields and run down to join the convoy at Kensington Road.
6.50pm – Walpole Park: The last Torchbearer of the day, Thomas Thacker, 30, from Southall, will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the Ealing celebration event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience. Tom was nominated by the London Borough of Ealing for his commitment to sport, his voluntary work and for being a representative on the Ealing Learning Disability Partnership Board.
The evening celebration, hosted by the London Borough of Ealing, will take place on Walpole Park between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. All tickets have been allocated, please see www.ealing.gov.uk for further event information.
The evening celebration will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
Lloyds TSB will present stunning acrobatic performances, Samsung will stage vibrant and engaging dance performances from Twist and Pulse, while Coca-Cola's entertainment will be provided by Loick Essien.
The event will also feature dance performances and live music by local groups.
Adam Pengilly will carry the Flame in Kingston upon Thames. Adam has been elected to represent athletes and their interests since 2003. Firstly within the National Governing Body, then across all GB sports on the British Athletes Commission as director and then Vice Chair, and most recently on the International Olympic Committee's Athlete Commission representing present and future Olympians from around the world. Adam is still a competing athlete in the winter sliding sport of skeleton, has been to two Olympic Games, and has a career highlight of silver at the 2009 World Championships.
Eileen Gray, 92, from Surbiton will carry the Flame through Kingston upon Thames. Eileen who was nominated through the LOCOG campaign has been awarded a CBE and is a former Mayor of Kingston who pioneered women's cycling in Britain. Eileen played a major part in women's cycling as an Olympic Sport in 1984, as well as founding the London Youth Games. Eileen served as vice-chair on the British Olympic Committee where she helped shape the direction of British Sport. Eileen was one of the first 3 women to cycle for GB. Eileen also founded the Women's Cycle Racing Association and served as president for 13 years before being elected president of the British Cycling Federation also for 13 years. Eileen received a Special Award from UCI for her outstanding services to the sport.
Daniel Devitt, 45, from Hackney is carrying the Flame in Hounslow. Selected through the Samsung campaign, Daniel has been working hard to fight Health Inequalities and Social Exclusion in a variety of roles for the last twenty years. As a key member of the Pan-Camden borough team he has worked to raise the profile of the Olympics, physical activity, and a lasting legacy for the people of Camden. As a Governor of a primary school in the East End of London Daniel works with staff to ensure that every effort is made to maximise the benefits the school can offer to some of the poorest and socially excluded children in London.
Chemmy Alcott, 30, is carrying the Flame in Ealing for putting skiing on the map in a country not known for its winters. As an athlete her dedication to succeed is paramount and as representation of our sport she continues to inspire young potentials to follow in her footsteps. As a triple Olympian and 7 time competitor in World Championships , she is still hungry for more despite shattering her leg in competition back in December 2010. Whilst recovering from an injury she has takne on sports awards presenting and after dinner speaking work inspiring others with her story.
Carol Margetts, 43, from Ealing will carry the Flame in Ealing. Carol was nominated by one of her pupils through the LOCOG programme for motivating and inspiring young people to take up sport and for being so positive and determined through her treatment for cancer.
Brentside High School, Ealing has a Team Torchbearer place through the Lloyds TSB programme for the school’s continued support of Lloyd TSB’s National School Sport Week. The team of young people will carry the Flame through Ealing in the penultimate leg to the evening celebration stage.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: “Today, with just three days to go, more Coca-Cola Future Flames will help us celebrate the sixty-seventh day of our Olympic Torch Relay. Paul Abel and Emanuel Andrade, amongst others, will carry the Olympic Flame in Hillingdon and Ealing as it nears its final destination on this incredible journey. We will also get everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Loick Essien to the stage in Ealing.”
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “The Olympic Torch Relay has had a phenomenal reception in each community it has touched. Lloyds TSB is creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Olympic Flame passes their door, and every community is coming out in force to feel the excitement of London 2012. We’re calling on everyone to cheer their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers – extraordinary people like Lloyds TSB Local Heroes Josh Webley and Tyler Saunders. We’re also thrilled to see our National School Sport Week Torchbearer Team from Brentside School carrying the Flame in Ealing. Our troupe of performers, the Flame Followers, are lighting up the celebrations along the route ahead of the Relay before their Flame Followers Spectacular in Walpole Park tonight.”
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: "Samsung's Olympic Torch Relay campaign shares the Olympic spirit and encourages everyone to take part in London 2012. Samsung has offered an inspiring opportunity to people around the world to carry the Olympic Flame, as part of our ambition to make London 2012 Everyone's Olympic Games."
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Notes to editors:
Each day two short packages of broadcast footage will be made available. The packages will be available via the Footage library – accessible from the Media Centre on london2012.com and direct from this link http://footagelibrary.london2012.com. Media will need to register for access in advance. Registration is free.
The broadcast of the Olympic Torch Relay is provided for Editorial Use Only. There can be no commercial association, no third party association and no commercial/ad superimposition on the video footage, unless the prior written consent of the IOC is acquired.
About the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners:
As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. Find out more at: www.coca-cola.co.uk/olympic-games
As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the inspiration and excitement of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We are creating as many opportunities as possible for communities the length and breadth of the UK to get involved as the Flame travels past their front doors.
Lloyds Banking Group is Britain’s biggest corporate investor in UK communities and in 2011 invested £85 million and as part of the Group’s Community Investment Programme, we’ve launched the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to give back to the communities in which we operate and pass through on our journey with the Olympic Flame. We’re inviting everyone to visit the Lloyds TSB stand at each Evening Celebration to vote for a community project in their area that inspires and supports young people. By voting at the Evening Celebration members of the public will automatically enter a draw to win four tickets to London 2012. The two projects that receive the most votes at each locality will each win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. At the Lloyds TSB site members of the public will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch, meet Lloyds TSB Local Heroes – the future stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and get up close to our Flame Followers. To find out how you can join in the celebrations with Lloyds TSB (in your community please visit www.lloydstsb.com/london2012
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the greatest show on Earth to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world through our own innovative and smart wireless technology. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. In total over 25,000 nominations were received. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged by Samsung in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will follow the Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about Samsung’s London 2012 Olympic programme, please visit www.samsung.com/london2012
The BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the Torch Relay on television, radio and online. This will include special Breakfast shows on every BBC local radio station, and extended live coverage of an evening celebration event in every Nation and English Region. Full details of the coverage will be at bbc.co.uk/2012.
The Supporters of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay are:
Worldwide Olympic Partners Procter and Gamble and Visa, Tier One Partners adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT and EDF, Tier Three Providers Aggreko, Holiday Inn and NATURE VALLEY.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS.
There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield