So, I was on Oxford Street in the middle of London yesterday afternoon, just before the Olympic Torch was scheduled to roll past. Even I had to concede this would be worth watching, and so I stood by the side of the road as a pretty massive crowd gathered.
After about half an hour or so I was starting to get worried about sunburn, but luckily I had scored some Official Tat™ that could be used as a sun shield:
It’s the world’s worst tambourine, in case you’re wondering and the crowd were encouraged to bang them enthusiastically as the procession started with a word from our sponsors:
There were various people running, flag-waving, riding teeny-tiny bicycles and leaping about on bouncy stilt things:
And then it was time for the Flame itself to make an appearance. However, what most of us standing there hadn’t realised was that, for Oxford St, the decision had been made that the Torch Bearer would travel on top of a red bus:
Which was fine and I guess it makes sense to speed things up and give everyone a decent view on such a busy road. Everyone cheered and waved but I think it was a slightly different atmosphere than with the runners.
I’m glad I saw it and all the people there were very happy and excited and I think the journey it’s been on round the country is pretty amazing. Here’s to the Opening Ceremony tonight (featuring 70 sheep!) – let the Games begin!
Enthusiastic enough for you Mr Romney? 😉