Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Olympic Torch in Abingdon

We glibly announced a few weeks ago that we would be open for the Olympic Torch relay, but as the day approached we got slightly nervous. After all, our part of Stert Street was the narrowest part of the route - would we even be able to get in to the shop?

We decided to take our boys down at the crack of dawn and have breakfast in the shop. At 7am Stert Street had a few keen early risers...


But half an hour later it was a lot more packed. This was the scene about 15 minutes before the arrival...


We thought we were being dead clever by having the 'live' Olympic Torch feed on the computer in the shop. We were relaying where the torch was to everyone - as well as handing out cups of coffee to a few of our regulars as it tried very hard to rain.

Here's a video of the torch comng past the shop and up Stert Street...


It was all over in a flash!


And off to Wallingford!


We then had a very busy hour in the shop - and yes, we sold a few Olympics books as well. It was all jolly  exciting (the Torch, not selling Olympics books), the children seemed to really enjoy it, and there was a definite Olympic spirit in the air for the rest of the day...

Update 11 July: Backstreeter has a fab collection of photos of runners along the whole route here.

1 comment:

  1. Apparently when the relay reached Henley it was interrupted by a streaker, streaking in the name of a free Tibet. Maybe they had better weather ...

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