Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Watching the Olympic Flame

On Monday, a once-in-a-lifetime occasion occurred several miles away from our home. The Olympic Torch passed through hubby's hometown of Dolgellau on its tour of the UK ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

The Torch on its way through Dolgellau.
We were on the right behind the yellow car
Picture taken from the BBC News website
Determined to make the most of it, I took the kids out of school that morning and we went over to watch the flame. I wasn't the only parent to do this and I think the school realised that a few parents would, so they said that provided the child was present at both morning and afternoon registration they wouldn't be marked as absent. This pleased DS because he enjoys getting certificates for 100% attendance, unfortunately the girls don't get them as they miss afternoons every so often as they attend speech therapy. 

As soon as morning registration was over we headed straight over, and I recognised the two cars in front of me as being parents from school as well! In fact I had been surprised to see how many parents had been waiting outside the school that morning to collect their children to take them to see the torch! Not to mention the ones who didn't bother with registration first!

Thankfully I was able to find somewhere to park on the outskirts of town and as we were an hour early it wasn't too busy or crowded yet. The kids were also thrilled to see one of their grown up cousins they hadn't seen for a while and their auntie also popped over to say hello. We ended up with a lot of other children from their school which was really good and it made it look like we were organised as they all had matching school uniforms!!!

It was a beautiful and hot day, and the heat and the waiting did get to DD2 who found it hard but it was worth the wait. 

First the Coca Cola truck went past and they gave DS a Coca Cola drum beater and I bought them all some Union Jack flags to wave. The motorbike police started going past and you could tell they were loving the atmosphere and attention as they all had huge grins on their faces as they were waving and high-fiving the kids. Next went some coaches and support vehicles with their sponsorship on them. Finally the Torchcam went past with the runner behind. Luckily I noticed the runner behind the Torchcam as there was no notice or anything to tell you that this was the Torchcam and the runner was behind the coach, in fact if you had blinked you would have missed it!

The kids had a lovely morning and what made it even more special is that when they went back to school, their teacher told them that everyone had watched the Torchfeed and had seen them waving in the square!!!

Here's a video I made of the Olympic Torch going past as I filmed it rather than took pictures.

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