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7 June 2012
Olympic Flame on
Photograph below by Patrick
AS the bright sunshine
flooded the region along the route of Merseyside leg of the
London2012 Torch Relay, crowds waved flags and families dressed in
patriotic red, blue and white. You could not help know that the
Olympic Flame was on Merseyside for most of Friday, 1 June and some
of 2 June, as it was taken around by Torchbearers and a flotilla of
support vehicles. We had a few photos taken on Friday, as it passed
thought Formby and Southport, on its Sefton leg of the Merseyside
Relay. The Torch was on the way to Liverpool and also stopped at
Crosby and many of Liverpool's landmarks along the way. Did you get
any photos of the Touch passing though? If you did please do let us
have a look at them... Also did you take part? Again let us know by
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the end of Friday, our Editor, Patrick Trollope, met up with it on
Birkenhead's Mersey Ferry Terminal, then they took it across the
river via the world famous Mersey Ferry and the flame rested for the
night at Liverpool's Pierhead. The end of the Merseyside Leg of the
Torch was marked by a fantastic show, with a celebrity appearance
from Melanie Chisholm (Former Spice Girl - Mel C) who was also,
earlier, a Torchbearer, number 146. Also on stage were the local
band, the Wombats, plus Olympic gold medal cyclist, Chris Boardman,
and a former Olympic boxer. But the biggest cheer was given at the
end of the day to Craig Lundberg, aged 26 and from Liverpool who
carried the flame over the crossing of the Mersey and on to the
stage. Craig was blinded whilst on service in Iraq in 2007 when a
rocket propelled grenade blew in his face. He has won the hearts of
many as he has never let his injuries stop him, and despite
sustaining them, he has done countless things including climbing
Mount Kilimanjaro for the Help the Heroes charity! On the stage he
gave a quick interview and lit the Olympic Beacon, before the rest
of the show continued. Did you find the Touch and its associated
events inspirational and did it make the Olympics feel part of our
community? Please do let us know your thoughts on the matter...
Video above by Patrick Trollope - Photographs
below by Nigel Brabon.
Photographs below by Nigel Brabon.
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