|"The Kiss" here close to the Quayside in Newcastle|
So I thought I would write about Friday when I joined the Torch Relay on Day 28 as it made its way into central Newcastle.
The Torch Relay is really well organised with a selection of interesting vehicles clearing the way, rousing the crowds before the Torch itself, led by a media vehicle, is carried by one of 8,000 torch bearers. Each one carries the torch some 300 yards before handing over to another, lighting his or her flame in 'the kiss'.
The Torch is travelling in many different ways and on different modes of transport. For the most part white-suited joggers are carrying it through the streets of Great Britain (as well as Northern Ireland and Eire).
|One of the fleet of ten Wrights Streetlites here taking a break in Wallsend.|
They will join the fleet of Stagecoach South Wales when finished
|The 'Activation' vehicles which precede the convoy|
The Torch's job done for the night the crowd settled in to watch a football match on huge screens across the Tyne. (Not me I should add).
The Torch has some 40 days left to go - almost entirely now in England. When it reaches its last week it will be with us in London, spiralling around the suburbs before visiting the 1908 Olympic site at White City, and threading its way through Camden and Westminster before ending up in Hyde Park. Some interesting modes of transport may feature!
When all this exciting and frantic activity is completed, we will have arrived at the moment of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. THEN it REALLY starts!