16 June 2012
Yes it was pouring with rain and cold all the way through Northumberland, and into the Tyne and Wear area, but the hope was high to match the SMILE on the side and front of the lead/backup vehicles. Nothing was about to dampen the spirits of any GEORDIE today.
As the Torch did it's 7.2 mile lap of the city, the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle welcomed the PRAYER BATON outside the Cathedral. Inside the Baton were prayers written on pieces of paper. It will stay overnight then head off with the Torch, across the river on Saturday. Apparently it doesn't stop off at all the venues. Interesting that we never hear about the Baton.
When the Torch arrived at the Cathedral, the bells rang out making it extra special. The torch then made it's way down to the river via a little lane known by us born and bred old times, as AMEN CORNER, after the time of the early Wesleyan preachers.
This was a day of HOPE, and as a Sister of Mercy living in the City, where else would I want to be?
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