It was slow to begin with, but it wasn’t long before we were all on the edge of our seats cheering Team GB and the London Olympic Games. The worries about security and congestion were all but forgotten.
It was absolutely brilliant to see us getting so many Gold medals.
Watching the scenes on our television screens there wasn’t a person who wasn’t sporting a smile on their face.
Yes, the British athletes got the loudest cheers – by a yard more than one of Usain Bolt’s long strides! But everyone taking part received a loud cheer – a cheer that echoed like a Mexican Wave around the stadium, and even for the last person to cross the line.
The British spirit of the Games shone through. It was after all, a Jamaican who received the loudest applause standing shoulder to shoulder with our Mo Farah.
As we leave the Olympics behind, in the coming days and weeks the question we are left to ask is: what of the legacy?
Takings in hotels and shops in London were down during the Games. But they say the lasting image of London sent around the world will bring the tourists back in drones. We will see.
Addressing the long-term decline in people taking part in sport and leisure is the biggest challenge we face after the Olympics.
David Cameron has said competitive sports will be made compulsory in our primary schools. But this follows his decision to scrap Labour’s target of 2 hours of sport each week, and he hasn’t any plans for our secondary schools.
We need a better commitment to sport and physical education from the Government.
If there is a legacy worth having it is surely the way that sport can inspire our nation and our young people and make our spirits soar.