It may be one of the wettest, greyest summers in living memory but the crowds turned out yesterday to cheer the torch and the special people who carried it, through the seaside town of Worthing.
PlanetSport Interns, freshly arrived from the USA, were able to join the crowded Broadwater Road, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. People of all ages turned out with their umbrellas and raincoats, to enthusiatically welcome the relay entourage.
It was well organised, with street marshalls continuously pushing the crowd back, to make room for some very large buses and display vehicles from the main sponsors, who preceded the torch and did a good job of encouraging the crowd to shout and wave. Police motorcycles seem to come in waves, and we caught a glimpse of Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville riding in style in the back of a flashy BMW.
The list of torchbearers who ran with the Olympic flame is here. Each runner got to keep their torch after they had participated, sure to become a precious memory and keepsake.
The crowd was in good mood, and well behaved, and seemed to enjoy the spectacle, the sounds, the colour. Almost as soon as it was over, the mop-up crew followed behind, picking up marshalls and officials, opening up the roads again, and within 30 minutes, the festive road seemed almost back to its normal self. It was great to be there, and to note that far from being a bit bored with all the Olympics publicity, England is truly excited that the 2012 Summer Games are with us in London.
Now if the weather improves and we can have some lovely English sunshine, it will be a most memorable few weeks.
We will post some more video and pictures soon, but here is a iPhone's view of the relay, as seen from the Broadwater Road in Worthing, opposite the Parish Church of St. Mary's.