Olympic fever set to hit Brent tomorrow when the torch makes its way through the borough

Residents are encouraged to line the streets to cheer on famous sporting names and inspirational residents who have been given the honour of carrying the flame

Olympic fever is set to hit Brent as the torch makes its way through the borough tomorrow (Wednesday).

The iconic Olympic Torch, which has been held aloft by hundreds of sporting legends, is nearing the end of its mammoth journey which culminates with the Games’ opening ceremony on Friday.

The 8,000 trek has seen it travel to within one hour of 95 per cent of the UK population and, as a host borough; Brent is gearing up for an unrivalled celebration.

Rhythmic gymnastics and badminton tournaments will take place in Wembley Arena and Wembley Stadium will be hosting the football matches.


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Residents are encouraged to line the streets to cheer on famous sporting names and inspirational residents who have been given the honour of carrying the flame.

Harlesden boxing star, James DeGale an Olympic gold medallist and Badminton silver medallist Nathan Robertson will be among the names.

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Wembley resident Keith Gussy Young, a volunteer, who has dedicated his time to running sports clubs for young people and Andre Edwards, a Willesden man who spends his time looking after the borough’s elderly residents are just some of the inspirational residents who will be running with the torch.

The flame will enter the borough at approximately 10am and will make its way down the Harrow Road, past Wembley Stadium and up towards Kingsbury.

However, after the flame leaves the borough the party continues with an all day celebration in King Edward VII Park in Park Lane, Wembley.

The free event, which runs throughout the afternoon, promises dance, great food and creative workshops for residents to celebrate the start of Brent’s summer of sport.

A live link up showing the culmination of the torch relay through London will be projected to watch on a big screen and for the more active residents there is the chance to enjoy a bounce on an inflatable Stonehenge bouncy castle.

Cllr James Powney, lead member for Olympics 2012 at Brent Council said: “We encourage the community to line the streets when the flame visits Brent and cheer on our inspirational torch bearers.

“Brent is privileged to not only host the Olympic Flame but also to have two Olympic venues hosting events.”

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