Thousands greet torch in Whitehaven
Last updated at 17:40, Thursday, 21 June 2012
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Fanrastic local turnout and excellent torch bearers for a memorable once in a lifetime event.
The only downer I have is why where non Cumbrian street hawkers allowed to exploit young families by selling plastic flags and torches at Â£2 a time?. If this money was to help local causes or young athletes I could support this fully, but these pariahs were obviously following the torch across the country and making money out of poor communities, I did report this to the police but do not know whether anything was done.
The true meaning of the Olympics, the Olympic spirit: pump nine plus billions of GBPs into London, create huge hypocrisy by having the named sponsors, huge area of London regenerated and improved on a permanent basis, etc, et al. The benefits for West Cumbria . . . ? Nil. Keep paying your taxes people, London needs your money, after all, we're all in this together, aren't we?
You got a good view on Duke street and the official website said the torch would start round the corner from the old bus station not near the pelican also there is concrete bollards on the harbor so no vehicles can pass there