It was that time of year again, time for The BPA annual Christmas lunch which always turns into great fun. We had a very special treat this year as the 2012 Olympic Torch made an appearance.
Lots of people had a chance to touch and pose with the iconic gold torch which represented an amazing 2012 for Britain. well BPA here are your best bits!
Birmingham is just one of four locations in the UK to have a celebratory evening concert as part of the Torch Relay celebrations. On Saturday, 30 June, Birmingham proudly hosted its Olympic evening celebration concert at Cannon Hill Park in honour of the Olympic Torch coming to the city.
The show headlined by chart topping boy-band The Wanted with support from R’n’B star Loick Essien and rock band Morning Parade.
The local line-up also includes Birmingham Royal Ballet, who will be performing Pas de deux from Le Corsiare, and Antics, a five-piece local street dance crew who recently had national television success. Twenty thousand lucky local residents won tickets for this free celebratory event.
The Olympic Flame came to Cardiff, and you joined in and got involved with the celebrations!
The Flame arrived on the outskirts of the city at 5.25pm on Friday, May 25, with the first Cardiff torchbearer starting off on Newport Road in St Mellons. It will then travel down Newport Road to Roath, along Dumfries Place and Boulevard de Nantes, onto Kingsway, Duke Street and Castle Street with a brief stop at Cardiff Castle.
Then the torchbearer traveled along Castle Street, High Street to St David’s Hall. From here it went to St Mary Street, into Wood Street – past the Millennium Stadium – along Tudor Street, Clare Street and Lower Cathedral Road before
heading into Bute Park for the free 15,000-ticket concert in Coopers Field.
The relay continued again on Saturday May 26, with a 6.29am start outside the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay.
From Harbour Drive it will travel past the National Assembly for Wales and across Roald Dahl Plas before heading through Grangetown along James Street, Clarence Road, Corporation Road and Penarth Road.
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch as it passes through the streets of Cardiff before it arrived in Cooper’s Field for a spectacular Evening Celebration where the winners of Cardiff Council’s ‘Big Gig’ Battle of The Bands competition got to perform alongside some big name acts.
Rock band You Me At Six, Brit award winner Emeli Sandé and Cardiff-born Kids In Glass Houses will perform at the free event in Cooper’s Field which will be held as part of the Olympic torch relay celebrations. The ticketed show, for 16,000 people, will be held on 25 May as Cardiff hosts the London 2012 Olympic torch relay.
The torch will be in Wales between May 25, when it arrives in Monmouth, and May 30, when it leaves after visiting Welshpool. The Olympic Flame is expected to travel for 70 days an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine a light on the best their area has to offer — including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Review by: Visit Cardiff