My little village played host to a section of the Olympic torch relay this morning. The kids were allowed to stay out of school until 11am to watch the torch bearer run through the town en route eventually to London town for the Opening Ceremonies in approximately 31 days.
Residents lined the streets of the village as the cavalcade began to wheel its way through.
Even the police were in good spirits as they “fived” the crowds.
Then the vehicles came through. I didn’t realise until today that the torch is not carried on foot all the way down the country. When they are not actually running through a town, the flame is transported by coach!
This coach, in fact:
Then came the Samsung truck with some very animated dancers on top:
Then the Coca Cola truck that handed out bottles of Coke to the crowd:
There were a few other vehicles following through … but obviously we were most interested in the runner.
I wish I’d volunteered to run myself now, as none of the runners were actually from our village … Each runner only has to run 300 yards! And this one definitely pulled the long straw, because her route was completely downhill. Besides that, they each get to keep the tracksuit and the torch they carry (as the flame is transferred with each new runner), and I would definitely have loved to have that as a quirky plant pot!
Then before we knew it, it was all over.
© Alice through the Macro Lens