Read on for details of when the Olympic Torch will pass through Maidenhead, and of what else can be expected from Day 53 of the relay.
Last night saw me taking part in a performance of The Tree of Light in Oxford’s South Park, the overnight resting point of the Olympic Torch Relay. 850 people took part in the performance, staged in front of an extremely impressive ‘tree’ built around scaffolding. There’ll be a full post from that in the next few days, once I’ve edited together the best bits of my behind-the-scenes video (you won’t find a more comprehensive video from backstage in Oxford anywhere else in the world) alongside photography of the torch and a text write-up of the amazing day.
Today (Tuesday), on Day 53 of the relay, the torch will travel 87.05 miles and pass through fifteen communities – one of them being my hometown of Maidenhead. Leaving Oxford at 7:05am, it will visit Abingdon, Wallingford, Crowmarsh Gifford, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, and Bisham Abbey, before arriving at Furze Platt Road (the A308) at 10:48am.
Pupils from nearby Courthouse Junior School are expected to be walked through Cranbrook Drive to watch, while Furze Platt Senior School pupils will see the torch pass right by their school’s gates during a special Olympic-themed day of sport and activities. Arrangements for many other schoolchildren from the town and the borough have been made, with some Windsor schools reportedly offering their pupils the afternoon off.
As a special treat, Mum purchased tickets for us to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Tattoo today (Sunday, 15 May 2011). However, with revision occupying most of my day (and church and a drama class at Norden Farm to squeeze in as well), we opted to go solely for the Tattoo this evening. In this blog, I share some of the photos and videos I took at the event.