Thursday, 31 May 2012

The 2012 Olympic torch visits our Shire

The London 2012 Olympics came to our Shire yesterday - or rather the torch did & what a day of excitement it was!

We decided to gather at the iconic ironbridge to see it pass so I popped down early morning after my school run to have a peaceful walk & take some photos.

Ironbridge ready for the Olympic torch ...
Lots of bunting was out already, shops had made loads of effort to put great displays on for the Olympic torch & the Jubilee weekend & there was an air of expectation about.
Ironbridge ready for the torch

The iconic Ironbridge has stood since 1779 & it was fitting that the torch would pass over it after after having been through much wenlock - the birthplace of the Modern Olympics.

When we arrived in the afternoon, the scene was one of great expection & excitement - the Olympic banners fluttered colourfully on the bridge ...

Olympic torch, Ironbridge, Shropshire

A sea of people were out in the sunshine

Olympic torch, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Homes & shops along the warfage were resplendent in their colours


A real carnival atmosphere was about with everyone flying the flag - a wonderful community spirit was evident


The torch is accompanied by numerous sponsor vehicles


The local torch bearer came through carrying the torch, his face glowing with pride

Olympic torch, Ironbridge, Shropshire #081 Lyndon Flavell


Ironbridge is also home to the merrythought bears - world famous handmade bears which are often seen in high end London stores, dressed in their display costumes. The bears at their Ironbridge factory & shop had on their finest outfits ...

Merrythought bear, Ironbridge, Shropshire Olympic torch, Ironbridge, Shropshire

I just had enough time to stop at  queenies cupcakery for some treats to take home

Olympic torch, Ironbridge, Shropshire

What a fabulous way to get whole communities together & everyone to support the London 2012 Olympics.

I had a wonderful day - I hope you have enjoyed it with me ...
Dee ~♥~

4 comments:

  1. Lovely photo's hope you enjoyed the day!!K

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    1. I did enjoy the day - perfect day in a favourite place; take care L

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  2. What a wonderful,quaint town ~ all decked out for the festivities. You were smart to get the early pictures. I've heard of Paddington Bears, but not Merrythought. Love their name. Have a great wseekend!

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    1. Thanks Susy - Ironbridge is a quintessential English town & Merrythought has been making their bears there for over 80 years .... they are very collectable & cute ♥

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrythought

      Have a good weekend too ...

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