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  • Olympic Flame to visit Wembley Stadium and Alexandra Palace on its journey from Harrow to Haringey


    07/24/12

    On Wednesday 25 July, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – will travel 30.48 miles through the London Boroughs of Harrow, Brent, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

    Highlights for tomorrow include:

    London Borough of Harrow

    9.17am – Headstone Manor: The first Torchbearer of the day, Jo Hyams, 29, from Harrow will carry the Flame across the bridge and moat at Headstone Manor. Jo was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign for her extensive charity work in the local area such as organising and participating in a huge number of events – serving soup and sandwiches to homeless in the centre of London, collecting clothes and toiletries for refugee centres, collecting goods for riot victims, cooking hot meals for homeless and needy families and raising funds for injured soldiers.

    London Borough of Brent

    11:03am – near Wembley Arena: Badminton player Inderjit Bhalla, 74, from Brent will hand the Flame to Badminton Olympian Nathan Robertson. Inderjit was nominated by one of his children for his success over the years in the Badminton competitions at the British and World Transplant Games.

    11.06am – Wembley Arena: Nathan Robertson, 35, will then carry the Flame outside Wembley Arena, the London 2012 Badminton venue. Nathan is one of the most decorated mixed doubles player in the history of English badminton. Nathan won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with his former mixed doubles partner Gail Emms.

    11.33am – Wembley Stadium: Gordon Banks, 75, will carry the Flame along Olympic Way with Wembley Stadium in the background. Gordon is England’s greatest football goalkeeper and is a World Cup Champion.

    London Borough of Barnet

    12.43pm – Middlesex University: Diana Gould, who at 100 years of age is the oldest female Torchbearer in the London 2012 Torch Relay, will meet Mayor of London, Boris Johnson as she carries the Flame into the lunchtime stop at Middlesex University. Diana who has always led an active life was selected through the Lloyds TSB programme for running popular exercise classes in the retirement flats where she now lives.

    1.47pm – Middlesex University: British actor Rupert Grint, 23, will carry the Flame out of the lunch stop at the University. Rupert is best known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. He was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign for inspiring others through his extensive work with children’s charities across the UK. Rupert is actively involved with charities Starlight and the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grant once-in-a-lifetime and magical wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. He also spends much of his free time working with the Teenage Cancer Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

    London Borough of Enfield

    3.34pm – Southgate College: Lauren Englefield, 13, from Enfield will carry the Flame into the College for the afternoon stop. Lauren was nominated through the Coca-Cola Future Flame programme for her passion for the welfare of others.

    3.58pm – Southgate College: Torchbearer, Kelly Nodding-Scott,34, will carry the Flame out of the College after the afternoon stop. Kelly was nominated through the LOCOG public campaign for her dedicated hard work and for representing those with disabilities.

    London Borough of Haringey

    5.29pm – Mencap Community Centre, Tottenham High Road: Jay Kamiraz, 33, will carry the Flame to the front of the centre. Jay was nominated by the Princes Trust for his achievements having had a difficult childhood that led to him becoming homeless. Then at 17, he was brutally attacked and put in hospital. He began to get his life back on track and got involved in a project to raise money for Tsunami victims, bringing together singers to form a choir called ‘Souls of Prophecy Gospel Choir’. The choir was so successful Jay realised he could turn it into a business. With help from The Prince’s Trust, Jay set up JK Creative Arts Management Ltd, providing entertainment for weddings, corporate events, film and TV. Jay’s business is now booming, and he has also set up "Sing to Smile" - a programme to help build relationships with all communities and business sectors.

    Jay will pass the Flame to Bill O’Connor,67, who was nominated for his work as a teacher in inner city London and his support of many young people to achieve their goals and reach their potential. Bill has also been involved in the Queens Park Harriers Athletics Club and is a member of the Ever Present group of runners of the London Marathon.

    6.39pm – Alexandra Palace Way: Frank Adams, 68, who was nominated by the London Borough of Haringey for his devotion to the Haringey Athletics Club will hand the Flame to Olympic decathlete Daley Thompson how used to train at the club. Since the late 1970s Frank has been involved as an athlete himself, competing in Road Races, Cross Country and Track, and has filled every committee position from Chair downwards. Frank supported the club as it grew from strength to strength to become the largest in the country in the 1980s and to host the European Club Championship. Over the years his involvement has been purely voluntary, and Frank has been a credit to the club, with a dedication and reputation in the sport of the highest order.

    6.50pm – Alexandra Palace: The last Torchbearer of the day, Daley Thompson, will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the Haringey evening celebration event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience. Daley holds more decathlon honours than anybody before or after him. He was the first person ever to hold the World, Olympic, Commonwealth and European titles at the same time, as well as the World Record. He was unbeaten in competition for 9 years. He trained at nearby Haringey Athletics Club.

    The evening celebration, hosted by the London Borough of Haringey, will take place at Alexandra Palace between 4pm and 7pm. See www.haringey.gov.uk for further 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.

    Torchbearer highlights:

    James Degale, will carry the Flame in Brent. James was a member of the hugely talented Team GB boxing squad at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He entered the competition as an underdog and was a relative unknown to the British public, but a string of world class performances resulted in him becoming Olympic champion. James decided to turn professional in 2009, believing the opportunity to compete in forthcoming Olympic Games should be made available for young up-and-coming boxers so they can be inspired by his journey and build their own success story. It is through his Olympic achievement that he has become an inspiration to young people across the UK to achieve their goals, particularly those in North London where he grew up and still lives today.

    Jack Otter, 24, from Enfield will carry the Flame in Enfield. Jack who was nominated through the LOCOG campaign is a solider for the British Army serving with the 2 Rifles. In September 2009 he was on patrol in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an IED. Jack lost both his legs and his left arm. The explosion almost killed him, and if it weren`t for the incredible speed with which he was evacuated to hospital, he would surely have died. At the time he was only the fifth surviving triple amputee in the UK. Currently wheelchair bound, he has undergone several operations to repair the damage sustained in the explosion. Despite everything that has happened, Jack continues to look forward. Even with bandages to his legs and painful infections, he recently completed a tandem sky-dive raising nearly £2000 for charity. The way he conducts himself is an inspiration to those who know him, and even to those who don`t.

    Lloyd Scott, 50, from Essex will carry the Flame in Haringey. Lloyd was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for his determination to prove a positive attitude can beat cancer. He rescued two boys from a house fire in Dagenham, Essex and was awarded a commendation for his bravery. He inhaled a lot of toxic smoke and was diagnosed as having chronic myeloid leukaemia and with less than 10% chance of survival he underwent bone marrow transplant but only 3 weeks before he ran the London Marathon Lloyd has raise over £5m for charities by: • Completing the London and New York Marathon wearing a 130lb-pound deep-sea diving suit • Walkedto the South Pole • Rode 2700 miles from Perth to Sydney on a penny farthing dressed as Sherlock Holmes • Walked from Land's End to John o' Groats with a Tyrannosaurus • Crawled the London Marathon in 26 days as Brian the Magic Roundabout 9ft snail in 2011.

    Eliza Doolittle will carry the Flame in Haringey. The chart-topping singer and Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Relay Ambassador will carry the Flame in Haringey. Through her work for the Future Flame campaign she has inspired many young people to use their passions in ways that help others.

    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: “Today the Olympic Flame makes its way from Harrow to Haringey as it continues its tour of the London boroughs. We’re proud to bring the excitement of London 2012 to London as the Flame nears the end of its journey, and thrilled by the reception the Flame is receiving. Lloyds TSB is creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Olympic Torch Relay passes their door. We are calling on everyone to cheer on their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers – extraordinary people like 100-year-old Diana Gould, carrying the Flame in Harrow, and Lloyds TSB Local Heroes Micheal Murphy, Darren St Clair and Scott Moorhouse. The Lloyds TSB Flame Followers will also be lighting up the route ahead of the Flame before their Flame Followers Spectacular performance at Alexandra Palace 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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