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Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Olympic Torch Passes Through My Home Town...A Little Too Fast!

Today at 8.30am, I watched the Olympic torch carried through my home town. (Seaside town of Deal in Kent, England.)

I was not sure what to expect, but it was really rather nice. Amazingly, the rain held off and we enjoyed bright sunshine! (Summer this year, seems to have forgotten us, with rain everyday for weeks.) 

The streets were full of Union Jack waving people. Lots of children were missing an hour from school to see this event. 

Before the torch arrived, there was a fun little parade to entertain the crowds.

Stunt cyclists entertained the crowds

Streamers were handed out to the children to wave

Metropolitan police 'high fived ' the children as they went past on their huge police motorbikes

Then the torch arrived. Unfortunately, she was moving rather fast and I did not manage to get a front picture!!

The flame had not gone out! You could only see it clearly from the front. Oops sorry!

Sometimes people in this country feel that patriotism is not encouraged, but it was certainly present today!

The London Olympics begin on Friday 27th  July

Opening ceremony

(Taken from Wikipedia)

The Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics will be held on 27 July 2012 and be called "The Isles of Wonder".[148] Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will be the artistic director for the opening ceremony and the music directors will be Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of the electronic music duo Underworld.[149]
The games will be officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[150] A short film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond will be screened during the television coverage of the ceremony.[151] Sir Paul McCartney has announced he will perform at the end of the ceremony.[152]

I hope that all the visitors to the London Olympics enjoy their visit here and do well.



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