Sunday, 24 June 2012

Olympic Torch in Oldham


Several weeks ago we discovered that the Olympic Torch Relay would be passing along the main road that our chapel is on. With the main road being closed and the travel difficulties this would cause, our Bishop decided to move the meeting times back a little. We beat the road closures and got there early with the chapel car park the ideal place to park to see the relay. Above Ruth can be seen as one of the first to take a position along the road side.

There is a building site behind the the blue/green temporary wall. The local schools had all made posters that had been fastened to the shuttering.

 


As the time drew closer more of the congregation joined the growing crowds, you can spot us, we are the ones that are wearing our Sunday best, ready for church afterwards.


My friend and I had a nice chat to one of the dozen or so Police motorcyclist.


About 15 minutes late, the Torch convoy arrived. Complete with sponsors floats.

 

Each Torch bearer gets to do around 300 yards and as well as lots of police cars and motorcyclists, each runner is flanked by police officers dressed in grey sports kits. 

There has been some controversy over the torches, each runner has an individual torch and the flame is passed from one to another. Runners are given the option to keep the torch as a keep sake, for a donation of around £200. Perhaps a little commercialism? One of the early runners allegedly sold their torch for £150,000 on Ebay drawing criticism. 

Overall, it was a great carnival atmosphere. I'm not sure it has made me more excited to watch the Olympics though and it did seem a little bit like the sponsors were taking over the show.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

John, this is soooooo cool!! What a great memory making opportunity! Cheers from us in Washington State! :)

Rum-Punch Drunk said...

Well, you got a good memory of having seen the olympic torch and with photos. Ruth looked a bit cold, so I hope you didn't make her stand there for too long.

I'm sure once everything kicks off you'll get more excited. I'm gonna stick to watching the TV because most of the roads surrounding our area will be blocked off and the amount of people expected to be around will be an absolute nightmare for public transport etc.

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