Wow what a busy week we had last week!!
Saturday 16th June saw the Olympic Torch pass through Sunderland on its journey around the UK. Spectators were able to see the flame at a number of locations throughout the city before it made its final stop at Sunderland’s Herrington Park.
We gathered from 9am within the Sunderland Aquatic Centre with great anticipation for the flames imminent arrival. Whilst waiting downstairs at main reception we noticed the officials had the torch in its case ready for the next leg out of the centre. So after a cheeky little request i was able (with my friends and family) to have a hold of the torch and have our pictures taken.. check out our Facebook page for the pics!
At approximately 9:50 lucky spectators, staff and Totally Tranquil were able to see Steve Cram run through the Sunderland Aquatic Centre carrying the Olympic Flame and torch.
He ran in through the main entrance of the centre, waving as he passed through into the main pool area. He was greeted by about 500 spectators (both in and out of the pool). Steve did a jog up 25m on pool side, crossed the boom (stopping for a few cheers and a great photo opportunity for people) before continuing up the final stretch of pool and out the back of the centre.
A great opportunity for the area and its residents. Its just a pity there wasn’t more coverage of the event on the local news stations, we seemed to be overlooked a little despite a running legend carrying the Olympic Flame through an Olympic swimming pool!!.