Bigger Printing show their support for the Olympics – 24th May 2012
The Bigger Printing Company's Production Manager, Dan Watson, was out showing his support for the Olympic torch relay yesterday, along with thousands of other Cheltonians. But unlike many others, Dan chose to show his support in a rather unusual way – by playing the cajon box drum.
Dan played his box drum, accompanied by other musicians, at the cricket ground behind the Bell Inn. The cricket ground was all set up for a fabulous evening’s entertainment that included a bouncy castle, food vans and a whole host of other entertainers. Fortunately the weather held out to make it an even more memorable afternoon for everyone involved.
At 6pm, Jane Holderness-Roddam carried the torch past the cricket ground, through Shurdington. Jane Holderness-Roddam was a British event rider, who won Badminton Horse Trials in 1968 (on 'Our Nobby') and 1978 (on 'Warrior'). She also won Burghley Horse Trials in 1976 (on 'Warrior'), and competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, winning team gold for Great Britain.
The torch then went through the town centre with the torch relay convoy, which included several vehicles in front of the torch bearers.
The torch route finished for the day at Cheltenham Racecourse, where Zara Phillips completed a lap of the course on her retired horse, Toytown, before lighting the cauldron on stage. There were 25,000 supporters at the racecourse for the main event.
Commenting on the day, Dan says: “The Olympic torch relay is a unique event and I’m very glad to have been a part of it. I like to think that we added something different to the experience by playing music and I hope that everyone else enjoyed it as much as we did.”