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Did I miss the boat at the flotilla event?
I LOVE living in York and I’m disappointed we couldn’t have made the same effort for the Paralympic torch as we did for the Olympic torch.
Also, I would like to comment on the flotilla on Sunday. We were at the Millennium Bridge along with other spectators waiting for the flotilla to begin and to see the Paralympic torch sail down the river at the head of the parade.
No one knew what was happening. Eventually, I spotted a man dressed casually, wearing a life jacket, carrying a small lantern with a flame within. Was that the flame?
There was no grandeur and no attention. He carried it like a carrier bag. He walked along the bridge to the other side with the flame, where he boarded a canoe.
A while later, the highlight was then seeing the Lord Mayor zoom under the bridge in a boat waving at everyone. Well done, that man. We then waited some more, and then walked alongside the river towards town.
We watched the boats and clapped the efforts owners had made to decorate them. They were great, but I can’t help feeling something was missing. I wanted more decorated boats and bands playing loudly on the riverside and nice stalls, etc.
Did I miss them?
L Beck, Westwood Terrace, York.
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