Not a lot gets me out of bed before 8am — I work from home, so my commute is a roll from bed to office, but upon discovering that the Olympic Flame Torch Relay was passing the end of my road here in Camden Town this morning at about 7am, nothing was going to stop me rolling out of bed and down Parkway to see it pass through my neighbourhood.
Today is day 69 of the Torch Relay, as the Olympic flame makes its way from Camden to Westminster for the second to last day until the Opening Ceremony. The Relay began at 645 at the Camden Roundhouse, with Clive Woodward, Team GB’s deputy chef de mission and manager of the England 2003 World Cup, although I’m not sure who our two guys down at Camden Tube were were.
I was clearly so excited that I woke up before my alarm, getting to the bottom of Parkway about 640am. The crowds were already building up, altho I know they were five deep just up the road at the Roundhouse for the start.
I took up position on the traffic island at Britannia Junction, right by the tube, which gare me an awesome view up Camden Town Road. It’s some operation. First a coach comes down with all the day’s Torchbearers.
They dropped off the guy for our section, and he waited, with unlit torch, whilst lots of corporate buses with dancing men & women & blaring music passed by, to rev up the crowd.
Here’s the relay in action: the flame is passed from one Torchbearer to another:
I did have a bit of a weep: it’s just an incredibly emotional thing, watching so many Londoners getting so over-excited, and watching the pride and excitement on the faces of the Torchbearers.