Sunday the 24th of June 2012 was the day the Olympic torch finally arrived in Leeds, something we in the Milner family had been really looking forward to seeing. Luckily for us Leeds had been chosen as one-of-the-four cities to host a Celebration Concert to witness the Olympic Torches arrival. Thankfully we’d managed to get passes to this ‘ticket-only’ event which was held at our favourite place for walking the dog ‘Temple Newsam’ …but instead of the tranquil peace that usual greats us when we arrive, we were greeted to the grounds filled with 25-30,000 screaming people.
The uniqueness of this event was not the all the free Coca Cola, beat pads, inflatables and ribbons to express ourselves at the entertainment from the event sponsors, for me it was the majestic Golden Olympic Caldron set on the stage in pride of place.
We were subjected to a few bands neither me or the Girlie’s had heard of, the likes of Tribes, Friendly Fires and Little Comets, it was only when Britain’s Got Talents TV-made stars Pump & Grind and Diversity arrived on stage that we recognised anyone: How Sad..
Thankfully on this unexpectedly sun-drenched day, 13-year-old Aaron Bell a 7th Dan Black Belt finally brought the iconic flaming Olympic Torch from Temple Newsam House to a specially erected stage and ignited the cauldron.
The following day I witnessed the Olympic Torch Relay again, this time outside the Studio in Wakefield, it was only because Olympic Sponsors Coca Cola’s main bottling plant was just around the corner that it came this way, but this time I got to see all the floats go passing by. Yet again it was quite a party atmosphere, which was quite unusual at the side of the road. There was a few ‘bar-humbug’ types from the office, but looking past all the political stuff and whats it’s costing us taxpayers, I thoroughly enjoyed both events and are quite looking forward now to the actual Main Event.