HARROW and Brent will become part of sporting history when the Olympic torch passes through the two boroughs ahead of the 2012 London games.
Both boroughs were confirmed among more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities throughout the UK, to welcome the flame as part of the 70-day torch relay.
Staff at Harrow Museum in Pinner View are already looking at unique ways to celebrate its arrival at Headstone Manor, after it was announced the 2012 torch would stop there on July 25.
Speaking after the news was announced on Monday , heritage services manager at the museaum, Steven Gregory, said: "It's absolutely fantastic news, both for the museum and the borough as a whole. We are so pleased.
"It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have such an iconic thing here and we are thinking about different things we could do here to mark the arrival. We hope to have an Olympics-themed exhibition on and, who knows, we may even transport the torch around the Manor's famous moat as part of the relay.
"It really is a chance to shine a light on Harrow and we just hope that people from around the borough come out to be a part of this big occasion."
Following its arrival in Harrow, the torch will travel to Brent, although it has yet to be decided where it will stop.
Brent Council leader, Ann John OBE, said: "I know Brent residents will be joining me in supporting those who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame, cheering them on and joining in the countdown to the start of the Games."
The torch will be carried by some 8,000 inspirational torchbearers whose names will be announced in December, covering 8,000 miles around the UK.
The relay will start at Land's End, Cornwall, on May 19 and finally make its way to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The street by street detail of the relay route will be confirmed next year.
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