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Olympic Torch Finally Reaches Wimbledon

7 November, 2013



The most awaited London 2012 Olympic Summer game’s renowned Olympics Flame March has already passed through South London including Mitcham Town Centre, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon on 23rd July 2012. The torch has travelled through the Wimbledon Common and Wimbledon Village. The London Organising Committee for the Olympics and Paralympics Games had decided and announced the route of the torch across the city; also, they had clearly indicated the celebrities and residents who had to carry the Olympics Flame through the streets of the borough. All in all, the route included four party areas and performance spaces.

It was definitely a proud moment for the local councillors to be a host borough for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In addition, this is a unique opportunity for all the locals to witness the Olympic Torch. They encouraged all those who live and work in Merton to take part in this historic event.

On the day of the relay, many local businesses were a part of the event. It also helped to boost the local economy and community. The area received more tourists and local communities found more property renters due to the Olympics event.

The route of torch relay also included the transfer via London’s tube network. The transfer was conduced without any hassle. The flame was carried by the tube train driver John Light on the District line between Wimbledon and Wimbledon Park. This 64 year tube train driver carried the torch in a specially decorated train cab on the 67th day of the torch relay.

Mr Light who is a part of London Underground Transport Service since 1963 was extremely happy at the honour of transporting the Olympic flame. He mentioned that he was really privileged to have this opportunity to be a part of this historic Game in this way. After serving for London Underground Tube Train service for last 49 years, Mr Light was honoured to hold the flame on its Tube journey.

After its historic tube journey, the Olympic torch relay then travelled from Kingston to Ealing while stopping at the Kew Gardens for some time. Local volunteers at the historic gardens have created an elegant 50m long Olympic ring structure out of 20,000 plants for this significant event. The rings can be seen from passing aeroplanes from the sky.

Oliver Golding, the famous British tennis player, was also a part of this event. Other popular torchbearers include the skier Chemy Alcott, double Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, and singer Katy B along with music producer Mark Ronson. Cracknell started the day as the first torchbearer as he ran with the torch in Kingston’s Hook Community Centre. Skeleton racer Adam Pengilly also carried the flame in Kingston.

Famous member of the Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney was invited by musician Mark Ronson to perform at the London Olympics closing ceremony. This Grammy award-winning producer and singer Katy B joined the torch relay at Brunel University in west London on the 67th day of the torch relay. All who participated in this historic moment are definitely overjoyed by the honour.

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