Several thousand people celebrated in Broxburn to welcome the Olympic Flame as it passed through the town.
The Torch was greeted by cheering crowds as it arrived by convoy via Winchburgh at tea time on Wednesday, June 13.
Among the spectators was 11-year-old Jordyn McGuire from St Nicholas Primary School. Jordyn was enjoying the street party celebrations with her mum and said she was excited about seeing the Olympic Torch when s1broxburn spoke with her.
She said: “It’s never been anywhere like this and no one expected it to come to such a small town like here. It probably won’t happen again in our lifetime so it’s quite a special occasion. Everyone I know is really excited and I’m excited too.”
Also anticipating the arrival of the Flame was the staff at Age Scotland - Joan Bridges, Elaine Murray and Kathy Nicol. The trio embraced the Olympic spirit from early on in the day, handing out balloons to local children who passed by the store. Joan told s1broxburn: “We’re shutting at half four so we can go out and see the Torch!”
The celebrations kicked off at 3.45pm with a performance outside the church by Broxburn Windband. There was a mass zumba, a Tai Chi demonstration, stalls, street performances and lots more - and the whole festivities were watched over by PC Hugh Mungus, a giant inflatable policeman!
Beth Gall and her baby son Charlie were enjoying the street celebrations. Beth told s1broxburn: “I don’t really know what to expect. We’ve been watching bits on the TV so it will be nice to actually see it.”
We also spoke to Catriona Peden, who had come along with her two sons Alexander and Finlay, and their friends Ewan and Fraser. The boys were all looking forward to the Flame’s arrival. Catriona said: “Some of their friends are in the parade so they’re looking forward to seeing them.”
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