BORIS Johnson is to be carried through London on a golden sedan chair carried by Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Ellie Simmonds.
Thousands of adoring fans will throng the streets of the capital at this Saturday’s Boris Parade, paying homage to the man who has become the poster boy of the Olympics.
The parade will last for four hours in total as Johnson is carried on foot from Stratford to Buckingham Palace. Concerns have been expressed that the athletes selected to carry him may find the route tough going.
Lord Coe, however, said, “This is what they’ve trained for. All those miles, all that weight training – for this.
“The important thing is that none of the Boris bearers rupture themselves and in doing so drop Boris and damage him.
“They have been uplifted and inspired by his success, which shows that, whether you went to Oxford or Cambridge, you too might like to have a bash at being Mayor for a bit.”
When the parade reaches the Mall, Johnson will be piggybacked the last 500 yards to the Palace by Sir Chris Hoy.
Johnson was marked out for Olympic glory in his student days, when he coxed for his college.
He endeared himself to spectators by bringing a hamper of tuck with him onto the boat, tucking into chicken legs as he exhorted his crewmates to greater efforts for college and country.