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Torch


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:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

But as the minutes went by, it got more and more packed.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Obligatory support vehicles and a bus aptly named Torch Relay 2012:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Second was Samsung – a very large truck, almost predictably bearing giant televisions. Their people handily gave our free flags. Well done Samsung!

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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…

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Another random bus…

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Bearing a nice thought:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

And oooh look more police!

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

And support cars:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Is this the truck in which they keep the spare fire?

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

And here she is!

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Well done woman with red hair, flanked by her six security:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

She was followed by more random vehicles:

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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:

Fripperies & Bibelots

Fripperies & Bibelots

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!

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2 thoughts on “Torch

  1. Thanks for that! I missed it last week in Beverley and feel like I was there! Lol
    But don’t associate knitting and the Olympics- we wouldn’t want to upset the UK Olympic committee! ๐Ÿ˜

    1. LOL! I did almost make some mention of the Ravelry/USOC debacle, but since many have talked about it far more eloquently than I ever could (particularly the Yarn Harlot) I felt a token association might be enough ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sorry to hear you missed the torch in Beverley – I was a little upset at how quickly it was over! Before you know it she had gone and those hordes of people when back from whence they came.

      Glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

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