Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Olympic Torch Relay Comes to Town


The Olympic flame made it over the hills to Buxton today

Joe had a pass out from last lesson at school and Tom wearily hobbled straight off his DofE expedition in time for us to make it over the hills to bag the perfect vantage point on the Slopes in  the Crescent and for me to nip up on to the Market Place for ice-creams .

When I spotted the distinctive orange livery of the Billerettes in the distance I was pretty sure we’d picked the right spot to see Bill Weston, one of the three torch bearers for this leg of the relay.

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Bill, the founder of the the Billerettes, who are sort of a dance troupe with a difference, has raised thousands and thousands of pounds for charity over nearly four decades.

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He’s a guy with endless enthusiasm who lives his life with a sense of fun, whatever the role: here he is in an ‘off duty moment’  dressed as a town crier. Bill has an MBE for his service to the community.

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So it was great to see him today having a thoroughly  good time, as were the crowd,  which I’d hazard a guess is for Bill  a win win situation.

Bill with the Olympic torch. Go Bill.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Olympic Torch Relay Comes to Town

  1. That looks like a lot of fun! Do you go to any of the events?

  2. I have little interest in all this, but it’s good when it involves such people as Bill Weston. xx

  3. You are going to have a very nice party over there. I enjoyed reading this particular take on the torch relay. It means more when we understand the affection a community feels for a particular torch carrier. Go Bill indeed.

  4. You may have seen the News coverage when the torch came through near to us – one chap proposed! I know the lady who he proposed to – not divorced yet! Oooooooh you have to laugh eh – national coverage and all that!

  5. The Olympic games are SOON! It must be exiting to have this event in your country… Are you going to see any of the competitions?

  6. As a runner, the Real Relay (http://endurancelife.com/realrelay/?) holds a lot more interest for me than the pseudo-one that’s getting all the publicity, but goes most of the way by truck, van, car etc.. The Real Relay seems much more in the spirit of the Olympics.

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