Legendary goalkeeper Gordon Banks to carry Olympic Torch as Harrow and Brent prepare for relay

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks will be among the inspirational people to carry the Olympic Torch when it arrives next week.

The 74-year-old, who was part of the country’s successful 1966 team and made 73 appearances for the side, will carry the torch through Brent on Wednesday next week, when the route includes Wembley Stadium.

The torchbearers will start at just after 9am at the Grade I listed 13th Century building Headstone Manor, before the flame travels along the A409 into Harrow town centre and through Harrow Road to the national stadium.

Other Olympians to take part include Athens 2004 Badminton silver medallist Nathan Robertson, 35, and Beijing boxing champion James Degale, 26, who was an unknown when he took gold in the Middleweight category in 2008.

Most of the torchbearers will be local people who have been nominated for their work in the community, such as 51-year-old Keith Young, a Wembley football coach who has volunteered in Brent schools for 25 years.

After the torch passes into Barnet on its way to Enfield and Haringey, spectators can enjoy the Brent Celebrates the Flame event in King Edward VII Park in Park Lane, which runs from 12-7pm.

The free celebration will include live music and dance performances, with a big screen showing live coverage of the relay as it travels across north London.

Road closures will be in place along the relay route, with diversions in place during the morning.

  • Harrow councillors have also backed a campaign for a minute's silence during the opening ceremony of London 2012 to honour Olympic terror victims in 1972.

11 Israeli team members and one German police officer were killed at the 1972 Munich Games when members of Palestinian group Black September kidnapped them.

More than 92,000 people have backed Ankie Spitzer – the widow of one of the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympics – in her bid to convince the Olympic organiser to honour the victims via a minute’s silence.

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