Sir Bobby Charlton to carry Olympic torch past Old Trafford

Sir Bobby Charlton

Sir Bobby’s brother Jack carried the Olympic torch in Newcastle

Sir Bobby Charlton will carry the Olympic flame past Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium on Sunday.

The 74-year-old football legend will carry the torch along Sir Matt Busby Way as part of its journey through Greater Manchester.

He will pass the United Trinity statue, which depicts Sir Bobby alongside George Best and Denis Law.

His relay leg will be run at about 06:25 BST, shortly after the torch leaves Salford’s MediaCityUK.

Sir Bobby’s elder brother, the former Ireland manager and England defender Jack Charlton, carried the torch during its journey through Newcastle on 15 June.

Matt Colledge, the leader of Trafford Council, said Sir Bobby was “a footballing legend and a wonderful ambassador for the area”.

“We are proud that he will be running with the torch through Old Trafford,” he said.

Mr Colledge added that the torch relay in Trafford would also see a “record breaking morning of family activities” including an attempt on the world record for the greatest number of people eating cereal at a single venue.

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It is the second trip to Greater Manchester for the torch as it travelled through Wigan and Bolton on 31 May and 1 June.

It will arrive in Rochdale at about 13:50 BST and travel to Manchester city centre, where a celebration event will take place in Albert Square.

The torch will then move to Salford overnight and will leave MediaCityUK at 06:00 BST, travelling through Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Oldham before moving onto Huddersfield.