Brockley-born) Olympic Torch as it made its way past the Deptford Lounge early this morning.
The procession was like the Dance of Seven Veils - a succession of outriders got everyone excited that the torch must be just around the corner, long before the golden cornet made its appearance. First the cars. Then the bicycles. Then some motorbikes. Then some more cars. Then three massive sponsor trucks (Samsung's electric-blue version of Dead Reckoning beat Coke and Lloyds TSB for sheer spectacle). Then some more bikes.
Then came the torch-bearer herself. The News Shopper reports that she was:
Ceinwen Giles, aged 37, from Lewisham. Ceinwen was diagnosed with Stage 4B Non-Hodgkins in Lymphoma, a highly aggressive cancer, in early 2010, just four weeks after giving birth to her daughter. She battled through months of harsh chemotherapy while a hospital in-patient.
Prior to becoming ill she was a keen cross-country runner, and throughout her treatment has dreamt of getting back to her running best. She is now in remission.
Giles looked great and the sense of pride was palpable, not only from her, but from the crowd, which was pretty impressive for 7.30am.
Deptford looked great in the morning sun and the new public square in front of the library was completed in time for the event and played host to a local karate school, which used the occasion to recruit new young members.
News Shopper has photos from the whole tour, but if you want to send us your photos of the day, please email us and we'll post any good shots.
|From Susan - Daniel Gee runs through Lewisham|
|From John, who stood on the right side of the street to get pictures|
|Also from John, who is just showing off now|
|John captures the battle bus|
|Chitro sent us this photo of Doreen Lawrence on Deptford Broadway|