Kendal Mountain Festival

This year’s Kendal Mountain Festival was another roaring success! This year, in a departure from the previous years of closed private, VIP only, opening ceremonies, the kick off was a grand public opening on Kendal’s main street, Stricklandgate.

The highlights of my presenting duties this year were:

  • Introducing Tim Emmett at the Town Hall on Saturday morning. Tim has a reputation for being a bit of a live-wire and up for just about any adventure. So the talk was typically entertaining!
  • Presenting, and of course watching, the winning film in the Climbing category – Wide Boyz.
  • Meeting Karen Darke and getting to see – and hold – a London 2012 Paralympic medal.
Karen and her silver Paralympic hand-cycling medal

Olympic Torch in Bowness-on-Windermere!

The weather might have been dreadful, but there was no stopping the Olympic Torch relay and the awesome Olympic celebrations in Bowness this evening! More “Olympic Torch in Bowness-on-Windermere!”

Olympic Torch

Olympic Logo

I’m working at Lloyds Banking Group at the moment, and as they are sponsors of next year’s Olympics they had the Olympic torch on display in the office last week. Thought I’d join in the fun and have my photo taken.

Apparently, there isn’t one torch, there’s one flame. This is one of 9 gold plated torches, but next year there will be a couple of thousand.

The 8000 drilled holes represent the 8000 torch bearers. Hopefully we’ll get to see the torch when it comes to Bowness next year.