Free London Olympics tickets for 1948 games competitors
7:20am Friday 1st July 2011 in News
London 2012 Olympics bosses revealed this week they will be providing former Olympians from the 1948 games with two free tickets.
Wherever possible the tickets will be matched to the sport in which the Olympian competed 64 years before.
So if any residents took part in the 1948 Olympics or have relatives or friends who did they should get in touch with the details below.
In addition to providing free tickets, plans are being developed to host a series of special events including a celebratory lunch at Team GB House, a tour of the Olympic Village and the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay.
Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission and BOA chief, said: “We all recognise the special opportunity presented by London 2012 to celebrate and embrace athletes from previous Games.
“I would like to thank LOCOG for their support and partnership, which has helped us to put in place an effective plan to distribute tickets to Team GB Olympians.
“These individuals have dedicated their lives to reaching the pinnacle of their sport in order to represent Team GB at the Olympics and it is absolutely right that they should be involved in this once in a generation opportunity to support Team GB on home soil.”
London Organising Committee (LOCOG) will also offer all Team GB Olympians from previous Games, both summer and winter, the chance to buy opportunity to purchase four tickets to London 2012 sessions.
John Peake, who represented Britain at hockey in 1948, said: “It is fantastic news that the British Olympic Association is giving us free tickets to the London 2012 Olympics.
“Having been a competitor over 60 years ago it will be truly wonderful to attend the Games as a spectator, with my wife, and support Team GB.
“It will also be extremely special to have the opportunity to meet with my fellow 1948 compatriots at the celebratory lunch, some of whom I haven’t seen since 1948.”
For more information contact Christine.Bower@boa.org.uk.