The sun’s out, it’s the end of August and there’s a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air in London. It’s four weeks since I saw the Olympic torch, and the Olympics closing ceremony was 11 days ago. You might have thought Olympic fever had been and gone, and all we had were great memories. Well, think again as next week (29 August) is the start of the Paralympics and the build-up, although on a slightly smaller scale to the Olympics, is nonetheless exciting. I’m sure London will once again have a celebration feel and the wonderful spirit we’ve all enjoyed for the last month will continue.
For my part tomorrow I’m heading to the town I lived in as a teenager, Needham Market, Suffolk, which is one of 36 venues in the UK hosting a flame celebration event this weekend. The programme looks fun and features a festival of sport and entertainment running from 2pm-7pm. This is followed by a lantern procession through the town to Needham lake where a spectacular fire show will end the celebrations.