Olympic Torch Relay Dogs

The Olympic Torch Relay hit my home town of Tunbridge Wells today but I nearly didn’t go. I wanted to get on with last week’s wedding pictures and but Mrs Dog Snapper made it very clear that I was required for child control business and was to bring my camera also. She always knows best.

The sun came out as the hoards walked along St Johns Road up to the town where we decided that just outside Alexander Boyes Estate Agency would be the perfect place to plonk ourselves. The man next to us pointed out a couple of ‘flag ladies’ who were handing them out for free, so that was that bit done.

With twenty minutes or so before the torch went by, the morning was to turn into a little dog snapping session. First up there was the two Labradoodles named after areas on the shipping forecast. Cromarty is the white one and Fisher, the black one. I was told that there is or was, also an Alsatian, aptly named German Bight. This was all looking and sounding very good. I’m part of a quiz team and the shipping forecast comes up quite a bit so I’ve made an extra effort to familiarise myself with it. Although, it has no practical use for me, there’s something quite mesmerising about listening to the shipping forecast when it comes on (a bit like hearing The Archers theme tune). I even miss it when listening to Test Match Special on DAB radio as they don’t break for it like they do on LW radio.

So after these two had been photographed, I had to see if there were any more and spotted a Springer Spaniel across the road, outside Sankeys restaurant (with their extra scaffold frontage!!) I’m not sure if this dog is the same Lily that I photographed in Grosvenor Park a few months back (she was a very wet dog then) but I did recognise the owner as being a girl I went to Primary School with. Some people just never get out of Tunbridge Wells.

Lastly, behind where we were sitting is Lulu, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, trying to get an elevated position on the steps for when the torch came by. I’m glad it wasn’t a really long wait and the crowds definately grew and grew as the masses came out of their offices. A helicopter signalled that they were near by, a few ‘official sponsors’ floats came past with happy, smiling, beautiful people on, waving at everybody. Then the real moment of excitement as the torch bearer wearing his ‘official tracksuit’ came by with a big grin flanked by four ‘official bodyguards’. I even made sure I got my kids in the frame on the right so they’ve got a something to look back on for the future. I’d like to let you know who this chap is but looking on the ‘official’ website, there’s no mention of him. Looking at the list of eight torch beariers coming through Tunbridge Wells, I could rule out four as they are female and he’s obviously not one of the men aged 43, 65 or 68. So he must be Alex Gerrity I thought, until I read ‘his’ biog and see that “My dream is to be the first Female Mayor of London…” I did go back to see if he was in fact a she, but no, he is definately a ‘he’, so I have no idea who he is. Someone put me right.

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Cromarty and Fisher, Labradoodles

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Lily, Springer Spaniel

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Lulu, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Photographers at Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Annnnd, he’s gone.

  1. Sue
    July 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I was also dog spotting from my office window just by the roundabout at the top of Grosvenor Road, and had to run down 3 flights of stairs to administer cuddles to several bemused pooches. One in particular, who’s name I didn’t catch, was very cute – rather like a small teddy bear. Thanks for the cheerful pics.

    • July 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks Sue, glad you like them. Most outings for me now involve dog spotting/snapping. There’s probably specialist help available for this.

  2. Helen Scrase
    July 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Great photographs!! Cromarty & Fisher are friends of mine… Great to see their smiley faces!!

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