The Olympics come to Digbeth!
The Olympic Torch passed through Digbeth just after 6am on Sunday morning; Digbeth residents along with the Irish Community, were out in force to cheer on the torch bearers outside South Birmingham College.
Click on the image to the right to watch a video of the torch coming down Digbeth High Street.
Even though the torch had passed, the Olympic theme of the day was not over, with Digbeth residents going to the Irish Centre for the obligatory Irish breakfast. Not only was BBC WM’s Bob Brolly broadcasting live from the Irish Centre, he had also invited along the company commissioned to make the torches for the Games, which is headed by a Irishman!
Digbeth is “one of the great parts of Birmingham” according to BBC Radio WM. DRA have made a cheeky Audioboo recording of the broadcast (below). The recording explains Digbeth’s links to the Olympic Torch as well as talking to honorary Digbeth resident, Ronan Fitzgerald, frontman of local band Nerve Centre.
Digbeth resident Lisa Zdravkovic also took a fair number of photos of the colourful characters in Digbeth on Sunday morning; see her photos of the historic occasion below: