Beckham and the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony in Athens
Follow-up to yesterdays post about Sir David Beckham and that beautiful Olympic Flame…as promised, Beckham is visiting kids, the above photo from a visit to a local school in Athens.
The Flame is a symbol of peace and unity that dates back to the origins of the games in ancient Greece.
(left to right) Boris Johnson, David Beckham and Hugh Robertson during the official handover ceremony of the Olympic flame at the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the 1896 Athens Games.
The Flame will be transferred to Lands End where three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie will be the first torchbearer in the final 70-day relay to the start of the Games…it is set to arrive at a Royal Navy air station in Cornwall on Friday night via a gold-painted British Airways plane-Flight 2012 and will be carried off by Princess Anne, the head of the British Olympic Committee and herself a former Olympian.
Beckham will then carefully carry it to the cauldron, assuming it won’t be too windy. “I hope it lights,” he said with a chuckle. Even IF it doesn’t, no worries, as there are four flames on the plane-just in case-and they are heavily guarded by security.
The Torch will then begin its journey of being carried all over the British Isles by 8,000 chosen volunteers, mostly local heroes. Its 8,000-mile journey will linger on the iconic sites—Big Ben, Stonehenge, the white cliffs of Dover…it ends up July 27 at Olympic Stadium in London.
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