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The Olympic Torch Relay comes home

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I used to live in Combedale Road, Greenwich. If you’d told me back then the Olympic Torch Relay would be passing my house during the 21st century, I’d have asked if I could have some of your mind-bending drugs. So with the route studiously avoiding Charlton, there seemed only one spot to head for. A good thing too, as it turned out, because I got to avoid the crowds elsewhere. And I met the people who, if I hadn’t moved 13 years ago, would be my next door neighbours now.

First, a word from our sponsors.

And then…

As a kid, I used to walk to school up Westcombe Hill. Thirty years on, I followed the Olympic flame up the same hill. A handover by Westcombe Park station, then…

Another handover after a steady stroll up Westcombe Hill. Come on, you wouldn’t run it either…

And then they were off, the relay heading through Blackheath and Kidbrooke to Eltham, and to Woolwich as I type for a trip on the ferry to North Woolwich. If you missed it today, it’s in Erith and Bexleyheath on Sunday afternoon, and Deptford, Lewisham and Catford on Monday morning.

Written by Darryl

21 July, 2012 at 9:27 am

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  1. What was the woman in her pyjamas doing?


    21 July, 2012 at 11:03 am

  2. We went to Westmount Rd & watched it was great & I’m glad we made the effort, although we did have a steward try to tell us to stand behind a bus when we were standing at the back of it, I did point out I didn’t want to watch it through the bus windows but he had trotted off by then.

    I take it the protester in her PJ’s didn’t meet up with the security team! those ladies & gentlemen looked fierce.


    21 July, 2012 at 11:15 am

  3. I didn’t know the Met Police had that many flash motorbikes! The 108 bus following the procession got the biggest cheer where I was standing.


    21 July, 2012 at 11:49 am

  4. What a lovely day it was but where oh where was Dear Leader?
    Rumour has it that despite a shiny new Merc to whizz him around the Borough he has not been seen for over a week now. It appears good old Peter Brooks had to stand in for him on the big day.
    It’s no laughing matter when you lose your Leader.


    22 July, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  5. Happily lose the slippery bastard!
    Unfortunately to be found again in the high roller hospitality tent at the equestrian circus (formally that wonderful public space known as Greenwich Park).


    22 July, 2012 at 11:08 pm

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