The whole thing looked and felt just like a Sunday village fete, the kind I've read about in Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton books.... if not for the gigantic stage decked out in rock concert-style sounds and lights, and the huge Olympic Flame Cauldron.
The sponsor trailers had opened, and were in full swing. All the sponsors (Samsung, Lloyds TSB, Coke) had a photo booth where you could get your photo taken with a fake Olympic Torch. They also had games and activities, and Coke handed out free Coke Classic and Coke Zero, in special Olympic Torch Relay bottles. When it started raining (amazingly, it stayed dry and sunny most of the day, and didn't start raining till almost 7:00!), the Lloyds people even handed out free ponchos.
*note: um, yeah, right, you can't actually see the Flame in this photo. I took it without looking into the viewfinder. It's just a placeholder until I can get a copy of a photo my cousin took!*
At 6:50PM, the Olympic Flame arrived at the festival. We watched and cheered as Dolly Burnett, who was selected for her years of voluntary work with young people in Salisbury, carried the torch into Hudson Field. The crowd was so thick that we could just see the tip of the torch (thank you, London 2012 Committee, for designing an ultra-tall torch that could be seen by everyone!) as Dolly made her way through.