In advance of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Flame has been travelling throughout the UK.
Runners bearing an Olympic torch, flanked by an entourage of security, media and promotional personnel, have visited towns and villages throughout the country.
The entire route was calculated to take the flame to within approximately 10 miles from anywhere in the country.
The route has taken the flame to some fascinating places and has visited some iconic places, including travelling up the ‘rack and pinion’ railway to the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales and across to Ireland visiting the Giant’s Causeway.
In Scotland it was taken up by cable car gondola on Ben Nevis, visited the mysterious standing stones on The Hebrides, re-enacted the famous scene from ‘Chariots of Fire’ at St Andrews West Sands beach, visited some of Scotland’s historic sites, Scone Palace, the Wallace Monument, Stirling and Edinburgh Castles.
But the flame’s visit to the Falkirk Wheel was unique. There is nothing like this rotating boat lift anywhere else in the world.
There was a carnival atmosphere is a large crowd awaited its arrival, aided by music, dancers and entertainments.
What an amazing spectacle as it descended the wheel on board a barge, with a runner holding aloft the flame to a backdrop of fireworks and smoke.
As the flame started its journey away from the Falkirk Wheel site, I stood beside a young man holding a video camera on the grass verge on the opposite side of the road from the main crowds. As I made some polite chit chat with him he told me the runner was his father. Such a proud moment for him!
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