The Olympic Flame reached Dover yesterday and today it continued through Deal, Sandwich, a tour of Thanet, on then to Canterbury before finally reaching Leeds Castle. Although the torch didn't actually come to St Margaret's the village was represented on both yesterday and today. Yesterday was Jamie Clark's day and today was the turn of Tracy Evans.
Waiting along the Ramsgate Road at Sandwich was unusually pleasant today, it wasn't raining! The first arrivals of the event were of course the very commercialised sponsors buses and our-riders.I'm a bit old fashioned, but seeing Coca-cola and McDonald's great benefactors sticks in the throat (sorry about that) a bit. Most annoying to me was to see our Union Flag being waved, with the flag on one side and an advert for a South Korean company on the reverse. A real insult to our national flag.
I was amused when a bus advertising Lloyds TSB came by. I wonder when the paint will come out to make it the Coop TSB bus? Having got over these little annoyances it was time to enjoy the actual event, which in my mind was about the people carrying the torch and not the sponsors. When a bus passed me carrying the torch bearers and I saw Tracy still sitting there I realised that I needed to be further up the road.
Fortunately nothing was moving very quickly and I soon caught up with where Tracy was waiting with one of the official helpers.
These two young ladies said that they were the sunshine girls, as the weather was always good when they were working. Let's hope that they are on duty for most of the next month!
Tracy was now ready and in position for the handover and Team Tracy and friends took the opportunity for photos.
It was just a few minutes before the torch appeared coming down the road towards Tracy.
The procedure when extremely smoothly and soon Tracy's torch was burning brightly and there was just time for a photo before Tracy was on the move on her leg of the route.
Passing Team Tracy and the family
Handing the flame on to the next torch carrier.