The Olympic Torch got off to a slow start on its tour of Britian after getting caught behind Brian and Cynthia Jennings on the A30 in west Cornwall. The Stourbridge based Jennings' Ford Mondeo and Avondale Access caravan were making their way back to the midlands after spending a quiet week touring the highways and by-ways of Cornwall. Despite the flashing lights and motorcycle outriders of the Olympic convoy, Brian stuck resolutely to the 35 mph he has felt comfortable doing in country lanes for the last 40 years of happy caravan touring. The hold up only ended when Brian pulled over to a lay-by so they could empty their sanitary tanks and sip a well earned cup of tea from a plastic flask cup, blissfully unaware of the traffic that had built up behind them.
After this, the Olympic Convoy desperately attempted to make up for lost time. However, after flooring the accelerator and taking the Olympic flame up to 90mph on a straight stretch of road they were further hampererd by a over-laden tractor pulling out in front of them just before a series of bends outside Launceston. With the entire convoy now taking a leak up against a roadside hedge, the latest signs are that the Olympics may need to start sometime in September to allow for further traffic problems.
(With thanks to Underconstruction for the West mids line)