Sunday, 22 July 2012

Come & See the Olympic Torch

It is a beautiful hot sunny day and we walk into town to see the Olympic torch keeping away from the town centre which we are told will be crowded


After a short wait (some had been here for a long time) the Police begin to arrive so not long now


The relay bus which drops off the next flame carrier about 10 minutes in advance
How fortunate we are to find ourselves at a change-over point 

Just dropped off and waiting for the flame to arrive



High Fives all round


The Coca-Cola bus



More Sponsors - Samsung this time


and Lloyds Bank


and here I am chatting to the next flame carrier


and here it is


just passed on
for the uninitiated each carrier has their own torch which is lit by the flame of the previous runner

Just 24 hours ago a carrier was dropped from a helicopter and zipped with it across the River Thames on a wire
I would like to have seen that

14 comments:

Adrienne said...

Thank you for sharing this special event. We saw the Olympic Torch for the Los Angeles Olympics when our children were young. We drove beside it on the freeway as it travelled from Seattle to Los Angeles. We were heading home after visiting family in the Seattle area. It was a special part of our trip.
~Adrienne~

Crafty Gardener said...

How exciting for you to see the torch exchange. I was fortunate enough to see it when the torch was going across Canada for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Vee said...

Very cool experience and you were so close!

Mary Ann said...

Oh, my, what a wonderful memory, and what a great time to be in Britain! Thanks for showing it to us, I've enjoyed all your stories of the Olympics in the past year.

Sara said...

Lots of excitement in Romford! Looks like you picked the perfect place to wait.

Elizabethd said...

What a wonderful experience to be almost part of the ceremony.

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

Nice to see the sun shining on the torch bearers again!

Balisha said...

Thankyou for this post...Loved seeing you "upclose" for this very special event. So anxious for the Olympics to begin this week.
Balisha

Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoyed these interesting posts and photos. It gives a side of the Olympics that one rarely sees.

I am especially interested to hear more of your travels in Suffolk. My late grandmother was raised in the village of Fressingfield and I look forward to travelling there one day with my family. We all live in the States now!

Janet

Lorrie Orr said...

These photos remind me of two years ago when the Olympic torch passed through Victoria. We didn't go to see it, but watched the news coverage later.
So nice to see the sun shining for you.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That must have been a truly exciting moment seeing the flame passed like that. You are very fortunate to have been right there and I'm so glad you shared the pictures with us. It had to have been a great feeling to be participating in a moment of history.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

cool photos- Mary Ann sent me.

La Petite Gallery said...

OH! What a fun day. The Torch Guy was so cute. I understand the torch it's self is in a sort of tube and you can't see it too well. You were lucky to see the Carrier. God Bless, be well.
yvonne

HOPE said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments Barbara and for stopping by...yes my photos will be for sale.

Thank you for your photo sharing..love the travels but here at home..since I can't be there in person...one day!

I am sorry I haven't been around...you can read about my "trigger" finger on my health blog wateringwells ....now my knee is out so we'll see how that goes.
I have more energy now and plan to get back to QUILTING.