The weather might have been dreadful, but there was no stopping the Olympic Torch relay and the awesome Olympic celebrations in Bowness this evening!
Although the rain had stopped for the actual arrival of the torch at the Bowness pier, onboard the MV Tern, it soon got going again and was in full Lakeland torrential force just as Les Commandos Percu started their show. Luckily the show was so utterly amazing we all soon forgot about the rain altogether. The Les Commandos Percu show is the first of only five Olympic Festival events, and the only one in the North West!
MV Tern bearing the Olympic Torch as it arrives in Bowness-on-Windermere
The Olympic Torch relay arrives back on land!
Who could have ever imagined the Olympic Flame would ever be seen on Lake Windermere?! A truly unique event.
The torch passes from one bearer to the next…
The torch emerges from the Bowness pier and heads off towards the Glebe
An amazing concert was laid on at the Glebe to surround the Olympic Flame
The Olympic Flame
Olympic gold medalist and world record triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards, introduced the headline event, Les Commandos Percu
Les Commandos Percu started their show in the middle of a torrential Lakeland rain storm!
There was a slightly delayed start to their show as the rain had upset some of the electronics.
But what a show it was, well worth getting soaked to the skin waiting for, an utterly amazing combination of percussion, dance, and fireworks!
Those who know me know I love big fireworks. Well, the Les Commandos Percu show included what are perhaps the best fireworks I’ve ever seen. Of course some of that excitement might be because we were so damn close!
We came home covered in the debris from the explosions. Yes, explosions is the best way to describe the pyrotechnics in the Les Commandos Percu show!
I was already super excited about the Olympic Games, but now I’m positively bubbling with anticipation of the start of the Games in just a few weeks time… Incredible, the most important sporting event on the planet, and it’s here!