The Olympic torch procession reaches Dorset!
The Olympic flame arrived from Greece almost 60 days ago and the torch procession has travelled the length and breath of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It will arrive in London on the eve of the Olympic Games in 2 weeks time. The route was planned so that 95% of the population would be within an 10 miles (16km) of the procession.
I know I have many followers from other countries so I apologise to those in the UK who have already have seen the procession in their area and know all about it!.
|Image from the Sun newspaper
I was fortunate to see the procession twice. It passed my office In Dorchester on Thursday afternoon (see first photo.)
After travelling through the west of the county of Dorset it arrived in Weymouth by boat in the mist and the rain on Thursday evening. My son was on the beach to see its arrival and take the photo above for us.
|Picture taken from BBC Local South West News
The torch contains 8,000 laser cut holes, which represents the 8,000 miles it is being carried by 8,000 people, who were selected because of the things that they have done - many of their stories are inspiring.
|Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images
On Friday, the torch procession route passed the bottom of our road, so we went down to join in the fun,
|The Olympic mascot getting a lift
There was quite a carnival atmosphere and a busy road on the outskirts of Weymouth was transformed for a short period.
Children from local schools and pre schools joined the crowds. My daughter was helping with the pre- school children and it was lovely to see the expressions on the children's faces as the procession went by.
The police escorting the torch were also joining in with the fun much to the delight of the crowds!
As I have mentioned before Weymouth and Portland is hosting all the Olympic sailing events. The town has been smartened up and palm trees and Olympic flags have suddenly made an appearance. So it is likely that there will be more mention of the Olympics in the next few weeks!
Maria from one of my favourite blogs http://roseytintedspectacles.blogspot.co.uk/ has just found out her son has been nominated a place in the Paralympion team, congratulations to him for this great achievement.
Thank you to all my followers for your continuous support and comments and a big welcome to Melmory, Encourage one another Riet, and Beach comber. I am a bit behind with reading everyones blogs so hopefully I will catch up over the weekend. Hope you have a good one!