Today it was the turn of our home town to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay and we were looking forward to the excitement. By lunchtime we were hit by the biggest strom I think I have ever seen! The thunder was continuous for nearly an hour and the lightening looked like something you see on the tv in a tropical country!
DH took these photos and the white dots are massive hailstones. The rain was so heavy it just bounced out of the gutters. Sadly he wasn't able to capture the phenomenal lightening.
Unbelievably the skies eventually cleared and the sun came out in time for the torch relay. We live on the edge of town and had only to walk to the top of our road to watch everything.
DH was impatient for me to keep up with him as he searched for a prime position.
It seemed very strange for the usually busy road to be empty of cars and full of people.
This young boy was beside himself with excitement! He was screaming out 'The torch is coming!' and jumping backwards!
The accompanying sponsor vehicles soon arrived,
And before long, the torch itself.
This torchbearer is Hugh Carville from Nottingham who was nominated for his voluntary work bringing health care to people in Uganda. He has a blog here.
A local cycling club came along in support.
And a good time was had by all! (You may notice that the guy with the Union Jack above is a little damp in the shorts department! He had obviously been out in the rain before the torch arrived!)
DH and I decided to walk into town to see what else was happening and happened upon another Olympic Torch being displayed in the museum.
I think this young lady is Victoria Freer who is only 19 but who has devoted a lot of her time to helping young swimmers.
I had a great time today despite the horrendous weather and felt quite emotional at seeing this once in a lifetime event.