Yesterday the Olympic torch passed through Suffolk so I went to our local town to see it go by. Although I’m always keen to join in local events (such as the Diamond Jubilee, see my pics here) I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exciting it would be to see the Olympic torch pass by!
It had a bit of a wait for it to arrived, but this was punctuated with other pockets of excitement – the lead Olympic car driving past, the bus transporting all the torchbearers, the support lorries with music blaring – a very festive atmosphere and the time went really quickly. Luckily enough the next torch-bearer (called Alex) was dropped off the bus and was waiting to receive the flame right in front of us! (So of course mum ran over to have a photo taken with him!) All of a sudden the Olympic flame was approaching and it was a pretty quick process from it being spotted in the distance to the lighting of the next torch – called ‘the kiss’, which meant that the Olympic flame stopped right in front of us and gave us all a great photo opportunity!
Pretty soon, the torch-bearer was off on the next leg of the relay and disappeared into the distance. So it was quite a brief experience but SO exciting – I’d totally underestimated how amazing it would be! Definitely worth getting a little bit wet in the drizzle to see the kind of event that you’d tell your grandchildren about one day! If you can get to see the Olympic torch on the last part of its journey around the country, please do – its pretty cool!
Can you believe that Graduate Fashion Week has actually been running for 21 years?! At the first GFW Christopher Bailey won the Student Of The Year award, way back when he was still just a twinkle in Burberry’s eye. Since then, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Hussein Chalayan have all taken part before going on to create their famous collections.
You can therefore imagine the excitement of this year’s winners, suddenly seeing their career path being laid out before them. As Graduate Fashion Week concluded last week the winners were announced at a star-studded ceremony; this years George Gold Award winner was Claire Jones of Bath Spa University, who combined flowing maxi-dresses with urban hoodies, and Claire also scooped the best Womenswear prize.
Also celebrating was Jousianne Propp of the University of Manchester, winning both the Knitwear title and the Karen Millen Portfolio Award, and finally Riona Horrox scooped the coveted prize for Best Menswear Collection for her faux-fur men’s jackets.
Personally my favourite collection (although, I’m not sure I’d really pull off this look) were these wacky hair-do dresses by Claire Acton from University of Central Lancashire with cute fringing and oversize clips – adorable!
I’m really looking forward to enjoying all that my local area has to offer to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend! Today I’ll be attending a village BBQ with my family and taking part in the jubilee quiz and tomorrow I’m off to the check out the celebration picnic in the new village that we’ve just moved to (apparently there’s going to be a samba band procession too!).
On Monday its the larger town gala and later I’ll be watching the jubilee concert on TV and finally I’ll relax on Tuesday at the beer festival at a nearby pub. Blimey, I think I going to need another bank holiday to recover from this weekend!
So I’m getting into my red-white-and-blue outfit and new bunting necklace (from The Catkin Boutique) and making the most of the free activities and spending time with my family and friends. Lets just hope that the weather stays good all weekend!
- My Favourite Craftspeople – Nicola B from The Catkin Boutique (cassiefairy.com)
- Red, White and Blue tutus from www.Tutuswingsandprettythings.com