Olympic Flame in Abingdon-on-Thames
I am not a morning person so it was quite an effort to get up early and walk to a viewing point to watch the Olympic Flame Show pass through. I was staggered to see the numbers that turned out. This is a compilation of shots from two cameras, wielded my wife and myself.
We had plenty of notice that the Flame was coming.
45 minutes before the procession was due - the crowd gathers......
Looking down towards the town, half an hour to go....
Building up - people choosing their best spot. At this point we decided to cross over the road as my eyeline had become obscured by a very large gentleman in dark clothes.
Someone had gone to a lot of trouble;
First arrivals - the motorcycle outriders. Those that followed rode close to the crowds giving 'low fives'.
The procession builds up.
Not sure who the cyclists represented but there were quite a few,
The next few are bound to be out of order.
There were mascots being waved out of windows - this one was waving back;
this one wasn't.
There were buses,
and more buses,
sponsors' buses - they were handing out small free bottles of toothrot from this one -
buses with people inside,
and one with people (almost) outside.
and one with people definitely outside.
I'm not sure when this one appeared but about then it started to drizzle - no shine anywhere.
At last, the flame
carried with courage by a young pupil from a school for the disabled and a carer,
... a very proud moment for both of them - well done son!
So the small lady I had parked myself next to put up an umbrella and I put a plastic bag over my camera for this last shot, of the crowd starting to leave.
I had originally thought that I might try to find a vantage point in the town, but I'm very glad I didn't, judging by the many hundreds of people who turned out where we were, well into the outskirts. So this is our participation in the Pageant. Bye for now.
PS Here's a funny thing - the second time this has happened - when adding a photo and editing, the first photo in the blog has disappeared. I've justy had to re-enter it. Any ideas anyone?
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