Torch

Thursday, 24 May 2012


It was a warm evening.
We sat on the grassy roundabout in front of Worcester Cathedral and soaked up the atmosphere.


'They'll get a good view'
'Are you allowed to climb on the war memorial?'
asks Katie.




 There was a lot of local colour.


The moment was drawing near.

Flame can just about be seen in the middle of the picture

The bearer was not very tall.
All we saw was the flame's tip.



'Is that it?'
said Katie.
'That was it. Remember it.'

( George's friend Alex was a bearer. George went to watch him at the other end of Worcester.)

19 comments:

  1. Great fun, although I am in Worcestershire, we are waiting until July the 1st for it to come through our town, doesn't seem fair to me, to have to wait that long for our anti climax when it has been in Worcester, Kidderminster and Ledbury. My seven year old is really excited about it! :)

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  2. One of my musical friends, Nell, is torch bearer in the Cambridge region - not sure yet when her 'big day' is but I'm chuffed to actually know one of the bearers. One who, I might add, will NOT be putting her torch up on ebay after the event! (Don't get me started!!) Bet it was a good feeling -fleetingly -being there.

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  3. You have captured this SO beautifully.

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  4. Saw the torch in Bristol...amazing! One of our school staff is a torch bearer too but in her home town so she also has to wait until July for her moment to shine!

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  5. Thanks for your pictures they are the first I have seen on the blogs I read. We have got to wait until July before it reaches us. Was it a wonderful atmosphere?
    Sarah x

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  6. Will George's friend be making a packing on Ebay?

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    1. Ha! -I doubt it, mind you he could make a lot of money for his chosen charity the Acorns hospice. I expect his parents have bought his torch for him though -they cost £295.

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  7. Pati from London10:20 am BST

    Love the moment of anticipation you created as I was wondering what it was all about until the end.... Our streets around here are already being decorated with little flags, which I assume are for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations and it all looks very pretty and festive.... (but now that I've read your post, makes me wonder whether the decorations are for something else....). What a glorious day we have here in London, I hope you do up there too... Pati x

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    1. I expect they are for the jubilee Pati as the torch doesn't reach London until just before the Olympics begin. It's got a long way to go yet.

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  8. i saw it at Cleobury Mortimer on its way to Worcester yesterday. It was lovely in the sunshine and the town wasn't busy. Loved the flags and cheerfulness!

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  9. Gosh- makes me homesick for Worcester. My son sent me pics of the torch at the other end of town!

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  10. went past us dead on time this morning - they lit the torch for the new bearer so we had a good view from upstairs - could't go out to watch as MIL was midway through a shower. Lots of people waiting from quite early though. Glad the weather is good for them.

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    1. Being upstairs was probably the best place to see it Jane.

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  11. You have to pay to carry a torch?!

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    1. They have to pay for it if they want to keep it afterwards. I think they cost around £500 each to make!

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  12. We are lucky enough to live in Cornwall, so saw the torch on the first day of its travels! Similar experience .. lots of time waiting in a lovely atmosphere, all for a fleeting glimpse as it was rushed by us! All my husband managed was a video of the road! The poor guy next to us had been there for three hours, and didn't even see it as he was so intent on trying to capture a picture on his camera and didn't realise it had gone past!!! Glad we made the effort - I do have a reasonable picure to show for it!!

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