IT TURNED out to be the community event of the year in Huddersfield.
And, thankfully, the town was blessed with half-decent weather for the arrival of the Olympic Torch relay - welcome relief after the recent storms.
The size of the crowds across the whole town delighted organisers and certainly justified the Olympic officials’ decision to try and take the torch relay the length and breadth of the country.
It may have had only 30 minutes in Huddersfield but the response from the town was superb.
Young and old turned out to stand patiently for up to two hours for the arrival of the torch convoy and the torch runners.
Many of those carrying the torch were strangers but all got a warm Yorkshire welcome as they jogged or trotted a few hundred yards along streets packed with people.
And there was a carnival atmosphere all along the way, with police and stewards in fine humour and sharing in the spirit of the occasion.
It was one of those days when so many would be delighted to say: “I was there”.