David Walliams to carry Olympic torch through Islington

Comedian David Walliams will carry the Olympic flame in Islington, it was revealed today.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge will take hold of the torch outside Islington Town Hall in Upper Street next Thursday (July 26) on the penultimate day of its journey to the Olympic stadium in Stratford.

David, who has raised millions for Sports Relief through challenges including swimming the British Channel and the River Thames, will run with the flame from 8.25am as it heads into the City.

The relay travels from King’s Cross to begin its journey through the borough just before 8am at the London Canal Museum in New Wharf Road.

It will then make its way up Caledonian Road, along Offord Road and Highbury Station Road before reaching Highbury Corner roundabout.

The torch then heads along Upper Street, which will be closed, with a brief pause at Islington Town Hall scheduled for 8.22am. It then moves towards Angel Tube station and into St John’s Street before heading into the City.

There will be a day of celebrations across Islington to mark the occasion including a free family day at the Canal Museum, performances from Zoonation and Sadlers Wells outside the town hall and a community sporting extravaganza in Highbury Fields.