Yesterday evening saw the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic games which has, it seems, gained mixed reviews already. In my opinion I thought it was fantastic, as a follower of the Olympics I think we represented Great Britain in the best way we could.
From the Children's choirs singing national anthems to the lighting of the cauldron,Danny Boyle, the performers and all the volunteers did a fabulous job.
Isles of wonder took us from the industrial age, featuring Kenneth Branagh as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, right up to the digital age featuring mobile phones and the inventor of the world wide web - Tim Berners-Lee. We saw representatives of the suffragettes, including direct descendants of Emmeline Pankhurst, music from The Beatles to Dizzee Rascal (and the man himself). The Queen arrived with James Bond, Mr Bean played chariots of fire and J K Rowling read to the children. The combination of Mike Oldfield and Children's Literature was absolute genius, I for one LOVED it. Staff and patients from Great Ormond Street hospital and many NHS nurses featured alongside a giant Voldemort and several Mary Poppins' while tubular bells accompanied them.
Though it takes a long time the entrance of all 204 teams is also interesting to watch especially as the majority of people have never heard of a lot of the countries. The difference in outfits is lovely and the enthusiasm shines particularly from the smaller teams. The speeches from Lord Coe, who appeared quite emotional and Jacques Rogge were set off by the backdrop of the hill of flags.The Queen officially opened the games and we all awaited the lighting of the cauldron.
From the Thames the torch arrived by boat with the aid of David Beckham and Jade Bailey and was handed over to Sir Steve Redgrave, though it seemed clear from here that it wouldn't be him actually lighting the cauldron. When he entered the stadium his route was lined with the construction workers responsible for the Olympic buildings. Handing over the torch to one of seven young athletes awaiting it Sir Steve stood back and watched as they took turns carrying it around the stadium. Seven of Great Britain's best known Olympians, Sir Steve Redgrave, Daley Thompson, Dame Mary Peters, Shirley Robertson, Duncan Goodhew, Lynn Davies and Dame Kelly Holmes each nominated one of these young athletes in order to inspire a generation.
Rower Cameron MacRitchie, sailor Callum Airlie, London 2012 Young Ambassador Jordan Duckitt, runner Desiree Henry, runner Katie Kirk, javelin thrower Aidan Reynolds and runner Adelle Tracey. Each of them lit one of the copper petals which combined to make the cauldron, it looked spectacular.
That was that then, the ceremony complete the London 2012 games were officially opened and what better way to finish it off than get a British legend to sing us out? unfortunately they chose Paul McCartney!!!! I'm sure there are better representatives of British music to have finished the ceremony but I guess you can't please everyone.
Overall the entire ceremony made me smile as well as being a little emotional, everyone is entitled to their opinion and here's mine.
London 2012 opening ceremony did us proud, I loved it and it made me proud to be British. Let's hope that Team GB can continue to make us proud over the coming weeks. :)