Today is the day that the Olympic Torch arrives in Leeds. While it doesn’t get to the City Centre until tomorrow, it came past our part of North Leeds within the last hour. As we had the good fortune to not have it just run through Headingley, but instead down the main street near our house, we thought we’d go out and join the locals and cheer it running past.
When we got there about 35 minutes before the torch was due, the street wasn’t too busy:
But as the minutes went by, it got more and more packed.
Never seen this many people on the street in my life! No idea where they all came from. The kids in particular were having a great time and started to cheer every vehicle that went past – particularly cyclists, some of whom got more into the spirit than others. One guy decided to give an exhibition of cycling past with no hands which got the crowd going mad.
We then started to see police which was enough to begin whipping small children up into a frenzy. All very nice policemen too, on motorbikes, who clearly enjoyed all the clapping and cheering and were getting very into the spirit themselves by waving, bipping their sirens and high-fiving bystanders as they drove past.
Obligatory support vehicles and a bus aptly named Torch Relay 2012:
Up next was a mini-procession of key sponsors. First of all a very weirdly shaped Coca Cola truck, with runners (who were clearly high on too much Coke!) handing out free bottles:
Second was Samsung – a very large truck, almost predictably bearing giant televisions. Their people handily gave our free flags. Well done Samsung!
Third up was Lloyds TSB – who I’m ashamed to say didn’t appear to bring anything to the party other than yelling at us through a megaphone…
Another random bus…
Bearing a nice thought:
We were told as this lot passed through that the torch would follow in five minutes. So we took the opportunity to take a cheesy pic of us both:
And oooh look more police!
And support cars:
Is this the truck in which they keep the spare fire?
And here she is!
Well done woman with red hair, flanked by her six security:
She was followed by more random vehicles:
And just like that, it was over!
Glad we had a super sunny day for it – and it was lovely to watch it be run through our part of Leeds. Appropriately, I’ve recently had these arrive at our house:
London 2012 Olympic themed RingOs – which are the most awesome stitch markers from Fripperies & Bibelots. Separate post to come soon about all the goodies she sells, but will be very happy to use these during the Olympics on any relevant knitting.
Nice way to spend part of a Sunday evening!