Turf Moor will be given the chance to see some of the heroes of this summer’s Olympics with four of East Lancashire’s London 2012 stars set to perform the half time draw tomorrow.
The first game of the season usually draws a big crowd, but with former Clarets boss Owen Coyle bringing his Bolton Wanderers side to the Turf for the 2012/13 Championship opening, it is fair to assume there won’t be many spare seats.
So, following Team GB’s unprecedented success at London 2012, it seems fitting that four local heroes are being given the honour of preforming the half time draw in front of such a large, appreciative crowd.
Colne cyclist Steven Burke, pentathlete Samantha Murray, kayaker Jon Schofield and hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon all performed well at the Games, with three of the four coming away from the capital with a medal.
Burke was part of the all-conquering track cycling team and helped set a new world record on the way to helping Great Britain scoop gold in the team pursuit event.
Murray took silver in the modern penthalon, the final competition of London 2012, while Schofield, who hails from the Ribble Valley, won bronze in the K2 200m event.
Completing the line-up of Olympic heroes is local lass Sophie Hitchon, who finished 12th in the hammer throwing competition but set a new British record of 71.98 metres in front of a packed house at the Olympic Stadium.
All four have been invited to Turf Moor as VIP guests of the club and are sure of a warm welcome on to the pitch from all four sides of the ground.