The Olympics hype has never bothered me... ever. I'm not really a sporty person, though don't get me wrong I love strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and I make an effort with the football for A. However the torch finally reached the North East and I popped on the news on last night to see it in Newcastle - I have to admit, I had a lump in my throat as 14 year old William Hardy carried the torch to it's final stop in Newcastle. William was nominated for his determination in overcoming the fact that he lost both his legs and part of his left arm to meningitis, to play cricket for Newcastle Wasps Cricket Club.
Today the torch reached Sunderland and before heading to the hairdressers, I managed to see it make it's way over the Wearmouth Bridge and into the city centre. After all even though I'm not a sporty fan, I'll probably never see this happen again in my lifetime.
One of Sunderland's well known beauty spots Herrington Park, played host to today's celebrations. The weather was apt for a festival and out came the Hunter Wellies for a family affair mix of hoola-hooping record attempts, open-air movies and bands playing all day. Did I mention even Blue Peter turned up for a special live show? The photos I have taken are appalling so the one featured is from the last drive-in movie night and the other is from Sunderland UK's fan page. The celebrations are continuing tonight with Frankie and the Heartstrings playing the night out before a fireworks finale!
Now if you have forgotten about Father's Day tomorrow, never fear! If you're in the North East at least, grab your wellies, a couple of camping chairs and a blanket and head back to Herrington Park for a day of Father themed fun including a Dragon Boat Race, Food Village and Toy Story is been shown at 4pm. They'll never know you forgot!