In preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London the Olympic Torch is currently winding its way around Britain, going to within 10 miles of 95% of the UK population. Yesterday was Bristol’s turn to welcome the torch so after work we headed out into the glorious sunshine to join the excitement.
Sarah, Ellie, Tommi and I made our way to Castle Park, just opposite our office, in good time…we set up camp at 5pm, with the flame not due to pass until 6.45pm. The park soon filled up though, and by the time we were joined by friends and Sarah’s sister we were glad to have spread our large conference tablecloth (a novel use for it!) out early.
All the torch bearers have either been nominated by their community or are celebrated athletes. Skeleton racer Amy Williams, who won Britain’s first individual gold medal at a Winter Olympics for 30 years, was one of the torch bearers on the route to Bristol, and the cauldron at the evening party was lit by Blaire Hannan, a member of the British Paralympic Transition Squad. You can read more about them by clicking on their names above.
Today, the torch left Bristol bright and early and headed out into North Somerset (although sadly not to Clevedon!) before looping back into the city over the Clifton Suspension Bridge and heading out of the north of the Bristol. I took a detour on my way to work and was lucky enough to get a good view of the torch crossing the bridge, accompanied by fireworks, biodegradable streamers and loud bangs!