Excitedly, we had purchased tickets at 60 GBP per head to go to the Official BT Live Site at Hyde Park for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Zorba and I were being joined by one of my bestie’s Claire who was in London from Manchester to see us.
Not only did we have the big screens beaming in the live action of the Opening Ceremony from Olympic Stadium, but we had Scottish performer Paolo Nuttini, Duran Duran, Stereophonics and Snow Patrol bands to entertain us.
After a bit of an ordeal to get into the park through the thorough security officers, the vibe of Hyde Park was electric! One of the highlights was seeing the Red Arrows fighter jets flying over leaving a trail of Brittish red, white and blue in their wake. The roar of the jets got the crowd to its feet and amped up the level of excitement.
The Opening Ceremony was impressive and told a story about Great Britain, including things like the industrial revolution and the good work done though the National Health Service. Both quite unsexy topics, yet important in British history.
We had a fabulous time. Hardly had to queue for beers, the toilets were manned and constantly cleaned and stocked with toilet paper, and the crowd was really well behaved. The music was great – the bands chose awesome songs for their sets and kept the crowd rocking til 12.30am.
Well worth the 60 pound entry charge. Well done London!