So in many ways it was a strange event. People braved the rain, which thankfully relented before the riders came through, to take to the streets. Long before the race arrived, I was wandering round the village taking photographs both for my village web site and for the village archive - for this was an historic event, albeit a very short one.
In fact the amount of time putting up bunting and posters etc and preparing for the race and then taking everything down vastly outweighed the amount of time the race took to pass through, but nobody seemed to care.
In many ways, the race passing through the village was a culmination of many years of hard work by a group of people determined firstly to support the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and then to keep the Olympic Legacy alive. From 2010 to last year we had a Hethersett Olympic Committee which then became the Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee before becoming part of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association in 2014.
It is hoped to publish a book next year on our Olympic journey and some journey it has been. Included in it was the first ever off route visit of the Olympic Flame in 2012 when thousands of people turned up at 6 a.m to see the symbolic flame. Then there was the presentation of a national Big Society award and the reception of many other accolades including acceptance for organising more events in support of the London Olympics than any other village, town or city in the entire UK. I am sure I will return to these matters at a future date.
Scarcely had the dust settled from clearing up after the race, before we were off to Carrow Road to see Norwich City play Bournemouth. The first half was something of a sterile affair but the second came alive with Norwich putting in a blistering performance that could have seen them win by a much greater margin than 3-1.
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Today we attended two more events from the Norwich Heritage weekend. The first was a very interesting look round Earlham Hall and the second a visit to the stunning Plantation Garden in the heart of the city. I will explain both visits in tomorrow's blog.