Saturday 21 July 2012

London 2012 Olympic Torch Came To Stratford And I Was There!

Completely unplanned and a bit of a last minute idea but don't they always seem to work out the best..?

This morning my husband mentioned that the Olympic Torch was going to be at Westfield Stratford at 1pm and he was going to take the 4yr old. In my head I had already started planning what I was going to do with my unexpected free time.. perhaps a bit of pampering or maybe a bit of decluttering until he muttered 'you should come too'. Oh well it was good whilst it lasted! I wasn't in the slightest bit bothered whether I saw the Olympic Flame or not but the look of eagerness from the 4yr old meant that he really did want me to join them. 

Somewhat later than intended we finally managed to set off and in our heads knew there was a chance we were not going to make it. Just as we arrived at Stratford International Station we spotted crowds looking down at the street, no sooner we had joined them then an Olympic Torch runner went past. A good surprise but not the main event.

We rushed off to the Samsung store where we would wait to see triple jumper Phillips Idowu carry the torch. Don't ask me how we did it but we rocked up with seconds to spare and somehow ended up in the inner circle right in front of the stage where he was going to arrive!

Arriving to the tune of Chariots of Fire

Kissing of the torches

As we wandered around afterwards we saw a few other things that made us smile... I am so glad we went :-)

Standing to attention outside the Liberty pop-up store in Westfield Stratford City

Meeting some real life soldiers inside Westfield Stratford City 

Portrait of the Queen made entirely of Jelly Beans to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee (inside John Lewis)

The Olympic Stadium constructed entirely from Lego (inside John Lewis)
Go Team GB!


  1. Wow great photos! Sounds like you all had a good time in the end. Love the Jelly Bean picture! x

    1. Isn't it fab, had to stop his little fingers touching it!


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