Thousands upon thousands of people were out in Union Street and Castlegate to welcome the Olympic Torch to Aberdeen (Details of the route available on the BBC Torch Relay site). The show kicked off around 18:30 entertaining the audience with a number of acts up until about 19:45 or so when the torch finally arrived and the large torch on stage was lit. At the start of the evening Twist and Pulse, best known from Britain’s got Talent gave a quite energetic act getting the crowd going. Towards the very end Colin Montgomerie said a few words on stage.
For me probably the most interesting part of the entire show was the prolific use of mobile phones, even spotted an iPad in use as well. Several of the photos below show just how pervasive these devices have become. At a guess given the size of the crowd it wouldn’t be at all unlikely that several million photographs were taken during the two hour or so period of the event.
The highlights most certainly was the wide spread use of mobile devices to record both still images and video. The low lights would have to be the blatant over commercialization of the event with the sponsors names being screamed out over the speakers by the host and some of the acts what seemed to be every few minutes. There was certainly plenty of advertising around in printed form to more than adequately advertise the sponsors. This has made me consider what the Olympics itself will be like. Chances are that a large proportion of air time will be given over to advertising various products and companies rather than truly focusing on the event at hand, namely the competitors striving to compete at the highest level.
One can get some small sense of the size of the crowd from a picture taken from high up, just to the side of stage via Samsung’s Olympic Torch Relay Site. See the 7th picture down to see a reverse angle of the photo being taken for Samsung’s site. With the event coming to a close only a few hours ago, quite a number of people have already tagged themselves via their facebook accounts.
Reverse angle shot of Samsung’s Big Cheer Photograph being taken.