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Monday 17th June 2002
World Cup legend to carry Baton

Geoff Hurst watches as England captain Bobby Moore is presented with the World Cup

As World Cup fever rages, footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst leads the Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay into England today.

Sir Geoff Hurst who, in 1966, scored the hat trick that resulted in England’s famous World Cup victory carries the Baton in Gloucester after the Relay completed a four-day tour of Wales.

Sir Geoff, said that, like the 1966 World Cup, the Manchester Commonwealth Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “We don’t often have these massive sporting events in this country, on our own doorstep. When we do it means we don’t have to travel vast distances to experience world class sporting events. So we should make the most of these occasions and really get involved, support the athletes as the home town advantage can make a huge difference and show the world we can stage a great event.”

Sir Geoff, who was born just outside Manchester, said he felt honoured to be representing England again by carrying the Baton into Gloucester.

Other celebrity sporting Relay Runners include Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denise Lewis, Sir Roger Bannister, Seb Coe and Steve Cram.

Click here for the full UK route or read Harriet's Diary as she follows the baton.

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