LIFE, they say, is regrettable when it is filled with missed opportunities.
And next year, we will have one of the biggest chances to shine when the Olympic roadshow rolls into town. The eyes of the world will be on north Northumberland as the ceremonial torch makes its way from Edinburgh to Newcastle, stopping overnight in Alnwick – the only such venue in the county.
In short, we have been handed a golden opportunity and it would a crime to squander it.
That’s why we need to get the ball rolling and organise ourselves now if we are to lay on the best celebration we can, involving as many different participants as possible.
Locog, the Olympic organisers, have made it clear that they don’t simply want pretty backdrops to accompany the torch on its journey – they want as much colour as possible from the communities it touches along the way.
While Alnwick has been placed at the heart of the official local celebrations by Locog, by the end of November, we will have a definitive route-map of the torch relay. Who knows? It could be coming right through your village and there isn’t ever likely to be a next time.
That’s why we should maximise what we have been given – nothing short of a once-in-a-lifetime shot at being part of the greatest sporting show on earth.
Everyone has a role to play, but as is the case with all worthwhile endeavours, the more effort you put in, the more you get out of it.
We can’t afford to rest on our laurels. The race is on.