John Light, who works as a service operator for the Tube, will be carrying the Olympic Torch in the driver’s section of the train, along the District line, starting at Wimbledon and going along to Wimbledon Park. Mr Light, who has been working for London Underground since the early sixties, has said that the chance to transport the Olympic flame is a chance that only comes around once in a lifetime, and that he was honoured to be given the opportunity to participate in the Games in this manner. Having worked as a Tube driver for more than 49 years, Mr Light said that this is a moment which he will treasure for the rest of his life. Napier Parking have said that it is fitting that this honour of carrying the torch on the underground has been given to a man who has committed most of his adult life to working for this company.
After the Tube ride is finished, the Olympic torch will make its way along the roads of London to visit Hillingdon and Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond-Upon-
More than 144 torchbearers, including the cyclist Eileen Gray, the skier Chemmy Alcott, Adam Pengilly the skeleton race and James Cracknell the rower will be carrying the flame over the course of its 43 miles journey across London.
Cracknell who has won two Olympic gold medals, will be collecting the Olympic flame at Kingston, in the Hook Community Centre. Later on, Pengilly who was a silver medal winner at the world championships of 2009, will carry the relay torch into the area of Kingston. Then, once the flame has passed the Olympic ring flower display set up at Kew Gardens, it will be carried along into Hounslow High Street.
In the afternoon, the award winning producer Mark Ronson and the well known singer Katy B will be carrying the flame around Brunel University. The former mayor of Kingston, Eileen Gray, who was one of the pioneers of female cycling in Britain, will also be holding the torch. The final torchbearer will be Southall resident Thomas Thacker, who will light a cauldron in celebration of the journey, at Walpole Park in Ealing. At this event, Rizzle Kicks, and Twist and Pulse will be performing. On the 23rd of July, the flame was featured on the famous television show, Eastenders, as it made its way through the fictional borough of the city, Walford.