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London 2012 Olympic Games: A peek

The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games.

The eyes of the world will be on London for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ceremony will provide an opportunity for the world to view the artistic expression of the Artistic Director (Danny Boyle) and his team, and the culture of our Host City and the UK. There are certain elements that must feature in every Ceremony, as outlined in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter. The artistic performance of the Ceremony then gets underway and welcomes the world to the London 2012 Games.

The name of the Olympic Opening Ceremony show will be ‘Isles of Wonder’ and the worldwide broadcast will commence at 9pm. The Ceremony will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, produced by the Whitechapel Foundry, and the Stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for opening scene ‘Green and Pleasant’, which includes real farmyard animals. The Ceremony will also include a special sequence celebrating the best of British, featuring volunteer performers from the NHS.

Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, said: ‘Our Isles of Wonder salutes and celebrates the exuberant creativity of the British genius in an Opening Ceremony that we hope will be as unpredictable and inventive as the British people.’

Giant sets of Olympic Rings are being installed at iconic sites across the United Kingdom to excite and inspire people ahead of the Games and to demonstrate that we are ready to welcome the world.
Edinburgh’s Olympic Rings have been launched on The Mound, while the largest set of Rings so far are being installed on the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Newcastle and Gateshead’s Olympic Rings

Giant Olympic Rings launched in Edinburgh

A bagpipe player performs at the launch of the Olympic Rings on The Mound in Edinburgh as the city prepares to welcome the Olympic Flame

Edinburgh’s Olympic Rings

Measuring 18 metres by 8 metres, Edinburgh’s aluminium Rings are coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red to represent the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

They have been installed in time for the city’s celebrations when the Olympic Torch Relay visits this week and will be officially launched at a special event taking place at the National Gallery.

Newcastle and Gateshead’s Olympic Rings

The Newcastle and Gateshead Rings will be installed on the iconic Tyne Bridge, one of the nation’s most recognisable panoramas. At approximately 25m wide by 12m high, they are the largest set of metal Olympic Rings in the UK so far.

The Rings will officially be launched today ready to provide a spectacular backdrop to the arrival of the Olympic Flame. A celebratory Torch Relay event will take place in Newcastle on 15 June and will see thousands of people joining in with the celebrations as the Flame passes through Newcastle and Gateshead, in view of the Rings, that evening.

London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe said: ‘The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport.’

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