Yesterday the Olympic Torch Relay came through my village. It was a busy day for the torch, and I was in good company. The torch started it's day in Oxford, where it was sent on its way by Sir Roger Bannister. Raymond Blanc took a turn at carrying it, and later Sir Steve Redgrave rowed it up the Thames at Henley.
The torch continued on it's way through Maidenhead and on to Dorney Lake, where it was rowed up the lake. The Dorney Lake site is now closed prior to the Olympics, so we were not able to view it there. Instead we found a spot by the roadside, along with a few hundred other local people.
As we waited for the torch to arrive, of course, the rain started, but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits too much, and the little group of schoolgirls opposite us were wild with excitement.
We were not the only ones to have a downpour coinciding with the torches' arrival - the same thing happened later on at Windsor Castle, where the torch was received by the Queen and Prince Philip, who had to move inside because of the deluge!
Later the torch went on tho Ascot, where Denise Lewis and Franki Detorri did the honours.
Highlights of the day can be seen here: