This morning saw some excitement in the usually quiet town of Maidenhead, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in the UK.
Signs went up a couple of weeks ago warning residents that the Torch was passing through and for drivers to expect traffic delays. I thought I would put in an appearance to see if I could get the odd picture or two, but the atmosphere just blew me away.
Part of the procession route was closed to traffic, and police were out in force to ensure everything went smoothly. The rain did not waste much time making its presence felt, but it wasn't really heavy and didn't dampen the carefree mood.
Long before the procession appeared the noise was deafening, especially from the school children gathered there. Slowly the sponsors vehicles appeared (Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds Bank), then the Olympic mascot, Wenlock, and finally the Torch bearer herself, Mary Baker, looking enthusiastic, proud and very happy to have such a screaming welcome us. It felt like a very special moment in time.
It was all over in a flash after the big build up, but the Torch reaching Maidenhead, with only 17 more days of its 70 day journey, reminds us that the Olympics are only just a few days away, from July 27th, and one can already feel the anticipation and tension.
After hearing about it all these weeks, I am glad I was there to see it. :o)