These are former Olympic gymnasts George Weedon and Frank Turner in 2010.
In July 1946, one year after the end of the Second World War in which Britain lost 383,000 servicemen and 67,000 civilians, the decision that London was to host the Olympic Games was announced and the City had just over 24 months to prepare.
|Frank Turner, was 87 years old and grew up in the East End of London, was captain of the British gymnastic team during the Games and said : "The 1948 Olympics were the austere Olympics. No one else would have it; no one could afford it. The Olympics of '48 was done on a shoestring."|
Frank has said : "Great Britain has come a long way in gymnastics since 1948. We had no hope of winning back then but we participated and that's the main objective in life - to get your goal and rejoice in it. I did the sport because I loved doing the sport - not from what I was going to get from it."
George Weedon, was 90 and was a fellow gymnast alongside Frank and said : "It was too early for the Olympics really. I think there were so many buildings, education and facilities that weren't there that had to be built up and I think that took priority. But... I think it was something, in a way, to look forward to."
The opening ceremony fell just before the Bank Holiday weekend on Thursday 29th July 1948. Over 80,000 spectators turned up to witness the event at Wembley Stadium in the blistering heat.
Frank said in 2010 : "I would love to be alive in 2012 to see it because the job they're doing now is fantastic.
That's why they've asked me the privilege of lighting the cauldron - which is one of the highest honours you can get.
I've been nominated to light the torch to the cauldron but I've been recently diagnosed as terminally ill. Alas, I don't think I'll be alive to see the opening ceremony, which I really wanted to do."
Sadly, Frank Turner died in 2010. He later worked as a stunt double for film stars Michael Caine and Norman Wisdom, never won an Olympic medal but was widely regarded as one of the world’s finest exponents of the rings apparatus.