Andy Murray To Carry Olympic Torch

by Clare on March 26, 2012 · 0 comments

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Andy Murray has been confirmed as one of the official torch bearers when the Olympic flame is carried through Merton on the eve of the London 2012 Games.

The 24-year-old tennis superstar, who has twice reached the Wimbledon semi-finals, will carry the torch during its trip through Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon Park on July 23.

The torch will be taken past the All England Club, where the Olympic tennis event will be held in and Murray will be hoping for a medal despite not yet reaching the final of the annual tennis championships.

AFC Wimbledon’s mascot, Haydon the Womble, will also carry the flame through part of the Sutton section of the route before it hits the Merton section at about 3.30pm.

Just four days before the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Stratford, east London, the torch will be passed from Sutton to Mitcham town centre via Bishopsford Road after making an 8,000 mile journey across the UK and Ireland.

Residents, schools and local business are being encouraged by Merton Council to line the streets of the borough on the day.

There will also be four “party areas” set up in Mitcham Fair Green, Merton Abbey Mills, South Park Gardens, near Wimbledon town centre and Ricards Lodge High School near Wimbledon Park.
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The council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We are proud to be a host borough for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“This is a unique opportunity for residents, schools and local businesses to witness the Olympic Torch.

“I encourage all those who live and work in Merton to take part in this historic event.”

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