Jul 24 2012 By Poppy Bradbury
TENNIS champion Boris Becker will start the Olympic Torch relay on top of Northala Fields tonight, followed by a headline performance from singer Loick Essien in Walpole Park.
The former German tennis player, who was the youngest man to win at Wimbledon in 1985, will kick off proceedings when the Olympic torch convoy arrives in Northolt from Hillingdon at 5pm.
He will carry the flame down the highest mount in Northala Fields and hand it over to Chemmy Alcott who is famed for putting skiing on the map in countries not known for its winters. She has represented Britain in alpine skiing in three Winter Olympics and seven World Championships.
Other top names to take part in today's historic event include top ten singer Loick Essien who will light up the stage for the evening party in Walpole Park from 5pm. Street dance duo Twist and Pulse, runners-up in Britain's Got Talent 2010, will also perform to a crowd of 8,000.
The day's final torchbearer, Southall volunteer Tom Thacker will carry the flame onto the stage and light the cauldron with Ealing Mayor Councillor Mohammad Aslam.
Thirty torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame six miles through the borough, passing through key points:
* 5.15pm: leaves Northala Fields, Northolt
* 5.19pm: Kensington Road
* 5.25pm: Lady Margaret Road
* 5.47pm: Southall High Street
* 6.05pm: Hanwell Broadway
* 6.15pm: West Ealing Broadway
* 6.32pm: Ealing Broadway
* 6.34pm: Ealing High Street
* 6.39pm: St Marys Road
* 6.45pm: Culmington Road
* 6.47pm: Lammas Park Gardens
* 6.50pm: Walpole Park for its overnight stay in the borough
Residents not lucky enough to get their hands on one of the 8,000 free tickets for the evening party in Walpole Park can still enjoy the show from a screen in another part of the park. For ticket-holders, gates open at 4pm, and the event is due to finish at 7.30pm.
Residents are asked to stay on the pavement at all times and arrive at least one hour before.
Public car parks are open as normal but there will be increased demand for spaces. Parking and loading restrictions or suspensions will be in place along the route from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday.
Buses and traffic will be diverted from the main route during the relay.
For more information visit www.ealing.gov.uk/olympics.