The Olympic torch relay came through my town on Sunday. How lucky that we got it on a weekend so that it was a family event. It turned out to be a friendly event too. Here is the Middle Miss scooting along to our meeting point.
We had been invited to join some friends of friends whose house was directly on the route.
As we waited I took out the face paints and soon there were several children sporting the Union Flag on their face. I only wish I had rocked up half an hour earlier and started charging!
We had a great time. The torch passed by relatively quickly but the atmosphere was party-like. The preceeding police motorbike riders ‘high-fived’ the people (especially the children) lining the route. Their lights and sirens really got the sense of anticipation going. Yes, the presence of the sponsors was fairly high but for me, it all added to the excitement. The lucky torch bearers will surely remember their moment in the spotlight forever.
After the crowds had dispersed, we went inside to find our new friends had decided to celebrate with party food. The cakes were beautiful and I was regretting my ‘wheat free’ vows.
The children played together happily and the adults agreed that it was well worth the short trip down the road to experience ‘Olympic Fever’. It’s as close as we’ll get to a live Olympic event!
Reading the reaction of other locals on Facebook, it seems people were split into two camps. There were the “Wow, that was a great event, I’m really glad we went” and the “Bloody Olympics, what a waste of money, who wants to see a torch?”. Truthfully, I was a bit doubtful before we went but it turns out, seeing the torch wasn’t really about the flame itself. It was all about sharing the experience with the people around you. Isn’t that what the Olympics should be all about?