Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Torch in Blaenau Ffestiniog on May 28!

Way back in November of last year I discovered while doing research on my Great Uncle William Williams that the Olympic torch would be passing through Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, on May 28 2012. I thought that was a long way off! Now the momentous day has come and gone, but here are some lovely photos of this pretty spot in the UK, where my great grandfather, John Williams, and his brother William grew up. I borrowed these photos from the BBC website which is wonderful.
If it works, here is a LINK to a short video clip of the Ffestiniog railway carrying the torch in a miner's lantern. My grandfather's father worked in the slate mines.

Blaenau Ffestiniog with large crowds gathered.

School children with flags.

The Olympic torch being carried in a miners lantern on the oldest railway in the world!


jenann said...

Hi Loretta
Was your Great Uncle actually from Blaenau? Or from near by? Let me know if you'd like a few Welsh bits and pieces for your dolls!

Loretta said...

Hi Jenni; yes, my grandpa, John Griffith Williams, was from Blaenau! He lived there for a time; I'm not sure how long. I have a postcard with his address on it. Ooo...what sort of Welsh bits and pieces, Jenni? I'm intrigued!

Vicki said...

Hi, Loretta,
How exciting that the torch passed there where your grandpa lived. I am excited for England and the games to be held there. Loretta, I loved your post about you and your sister. The photos you shared are like a stroll down memory lane. I especially loved the one of the two of you in the garden, just too precious for words. I am sharing your pretty teacup over at Bunny Cottage if you have the chance to stop by for a visit. Have a happy day, dear friend~Vicki