Not liking crowds too much, I’ve always been a sort of armchair enthusiast to these events, but this week I found myself smack bang in the middle of one. I was working in Bath on Tuesday, which just happened to be the day the Olympic Torch came to the city. With a colleague I went, a little reluctantly, to see if we could find a place to watch the event. The temperatures were soaring, the crowds were gathering, so we gingerly made our way to where we thought there’d be more space.
As we waited a few parade-type buses passed by, accompanied by a police escort. Everyone was in such a great mood, and soon we were really enjoying ourselves. As we waited, a fabulous party atmosphere built and people were chatting and laughing together.
We hadn’t realised or planned it, but were were very close to where the torch bearers would exchange the Olympic Flame, which gave us a great opportunity for a photo of the next runner as he stood patiently waiting for the flame to arrive.
Then we heard an amazing roar and along came Olympic Champion, Jason Gardener, holding the Torch high so everyone could see. By this time, my colleague and I were well caught up in the atmosphere, flag waving and shouting along with the best of them. We must have screamed like banshees at one point, because Jason turned to where we were standing and I got this great shot. You can just see the flame by the side of the church.
Having had such a fabulous time, I might even be tempted to venture out and join the celebrating crowds again sometime 🙂 How about you? Do you like to join in local/national celebrations?