So much has changed since 1948 Games

1948 Olympic torch bearer John Jenkin, the brother of Keith Jenkin who lives in Hemel Hempstead.
1948 Olympic torch bearer John Jenkin, the brother of Keith Jenkin who lives in Hemel Hempstead.
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THE Olympic torch coming to Hemel Hempstead has brought back some fond memories for Keith Jenkin whose brother carried the torch ahead of the 1948 games.

Retired Keith, of Pancake Lane, Leverstock Green, says things were much different back then.

“He was proceeded by one police motorbike, followed by a few cars – my mother was in one car – and I doubt if the whole thing was watched by more than 50 people,” said the 81-year-old.

“When they got to the handing over point they couldn’t find the other chap because he was in the pub.”

He paints a very different picture to the thousands of people that are expected to turn out in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday to get a glimpse of the Olympic torch as it passes through the town.

Keith’s brother John Jenkin, pictured above, was 21 when he carried the flame for 21/2 miles through Canterbury.

He was chosen because he was captain of the athletics team at Wye College where he was studying agriculture.

John passed away five years ago and his Olympic torch was sold at auction.

Keith said: “It wasn’t a very distinguished piece of equipment. In fact if you turn it upside down it looks like a lavatory brush holder.”