Didier Drogba to carry flame through Swindon on Olympic torch relay

The 34-year-old is expected to be greeted by thousands of people when the torch arrives at Wharf Green, in Swindon town centre, at 1.35pm.

It may be his last public appearance as a Chelsea player as he has agreed a deal with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, but reports that Drogba was in tears telling team-mates about his exit have been denied.

Drogba will become the latest well-known figure to carry the flame after Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie, rock band Muse, triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, and The Voice judge Will.i.am all donned the white shell suit and took the cheesegrater on a 300-metre journey.

Will.i.am said: “I’m a huge Olympics fan. I want to see the swimming match, I want to see Usain Bolt.

“I want to see if he’s really that fast because I want to race him one day. I wouldn’t win but I want to see how close I would come.”

The star said he was amazed at the number of people who had turned the relay through Taunton into a real family occasion.

“I just saw everyone coming out, excited that the running of the torch was here in their neighbourhood, in their city and pride for the city,” he said.

“To see families and little kids and their parents and everyone just having a good time – I am so glad I came here. It’s great people, great energy, a great vibe.

“There’s one area, it’s like a village of houses and it looked like the neighbourhood I came from in Boyle Heights, where the neighbours looked after the neighbours, and it looked like a real community and that reminded me of the community I come from.”

(The Telegraph)