The Olympics comes back to White City

Thursday 26 July 2012, 17:34

Charles Miller Charles Miller edits the College of Journalism blog and produces documentaries for BBC History and Business. Twitter: @chblm

Our office at White City in West London was built on the site of the stadium used for the 1908 London Olympics. Someone told me today that when the foundations of the present buildings were dug, they came across the old Olympic swimming pool filled in with earth.

The Olympic connection is recorded on the wall of the BBC Broadcast Centre next door (below). And it was that connection that got us all out of the office this afternoon as the Olympic Torch paid a visit.

1908 stadium

Bruce Forsyth, definitely up for the photo-op, was on hand to receive the flame. From a few feet back in the crowd, all I could see was this kind of thing:

Photographers

But my colleague Tom McShane did much better:

Bruce Forsyth Bruce Forsyth with torch

Tom even managed to get Bruce flanked by, among others, the next Director General, George Entwistle (left), and the current Director General, Mark Thompson (right).

Parade

Soon Brucie disappeared between lines of cheering BBC staff and all there was left to do was see what you’d got: your own little bit of Olympic stardust, or just the backs of a lot of heads.

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