Wells' memorable moments 2012 in pictures
By abbie_wells | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 11:44
From grand and graceful community celebrations such as the Queen's Jubilee Swans, to the wet and wonderful annual summer moat boat race, 2012 has without a doubt been an unforgettable year for Wells.
Thousands gathered for the Olympic Torch Relay as it travelled through Wells on 22 May 2012
The Swans of Wells sculptures graced the city for months to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Wells Carnival 2012
Below is my list of Wells' 2012 highlights and memorable moments captured and covered by Wells People.
1. Swans of Wells for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
The whole nation was celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last June, but the Wells celebrations could be said to have out-graced them all when the stunning 5ft Jubilee Swans, decorated by local artists flocked to the town.
Of course local shops were decked out with Union Jacks and the celebratory bunting was out in force, but nothing could rival this stunning trail of sculptures adorning the City.
To look back on the Swans of Wells and other galleries from the Queen's diamond Jubilee celebrations, click on the links below…
Photos: Swans of Wells Trail - volume one
Wells' Jubilee Shop Windows vol 1
2. The Olympic Torch Relay – the flame travels through Wells.
The Olympic torch travelling through Somerset had the county glowing with British pride and the people of Wells were no exception when it was their turn to host the famous flame.
Streets were packed with thousands of emotional local onlookers on 22 May 2012 as the torch made its way through the smallest city in the UK.
To look back on galleries of the historical moments as the flame passed through Wells, click on the links below…
Olympic Torch Wells 22nd May 2012
Wells Olympic Torch by Trevor Lethaby
3. The Wells Moat Boat Race 2012
This classic boat race around the moat of the Bishop's Palace has become one of the most anticipated events on the Wells calendar.
This year saw a huge armada of serious raft racers take to the water, some adorned in wonderful fancy dress, and some soaked to the bone within a minute of jumping in the boat.
To look back on our galleries of past Moat Boat Races click on the links below…
Photos: Wells Moat Boat Race 2012
Wells Moat Boat Races 2011 vol 1
4. The Wells Big Day Out 2012
Originally a 'one off event' to celebrate the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Wells Big Day Out was deemed such a roaring success that a repeat has been scheduled for the summer of 2013.
The event saw hundreds of local people flock to the Wells Blue Sports Centre to try out a plethora of different sporting activities available in Wells including Tae Kwon Do, Skittles and Tennis.
To view Wells People's galleries of this truly glorious day full of family fun, click on the links below…
Photos: Wells Big Day Out 2012 - part one
5. Wells Carnival 2012
Wonderful colours, spectacular performers and dazzling floats lit up Wells last November 2012 as the Guy Fawkes Carnival weaved its way through the city's streets, leaving onlookers in amazed.
Thousands lined the streets of Wells to view this remarkable community event which turned out to be more show-stopping than ever before.
To view our galleries of the Wells 2012 Carnival, click on the links below…
Photos: Wells Carnival 2012 part 3 in pictures