The London 2012 Summer Olympics opened exactly one year ago today on 27th June, and they exceeded expectation by far!
Even the cynics who thought public transport would grind to a halt and that London would be bankrupt, got behind the Games when the torch relay travelled around the country, taking in all of London's 32 boroughs.
I was one of those Londoners who had been looking forward to The Olympics since we'd won the bid seven years earlier. The system for booking tickets was shambolic, but in spite of this I still managed to get tickets for boxing on the final day of the Olympics, and Paralympic swimming and athletics. I took to the streets of central London to watch the ladies' marathon in the pouring rain, and the Paralympic marathon in glorious sunshine - typical British weather!
I was in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, with friends watching one of the BT Live screens on 'Super Saturday' when Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis, and Mo Farah won gold for Team GB, and soaked up the atmosphere with friends in Haggerston Park, Hackney.
At this time London was undoubtedly the friendliest place on the planet, especially in the Olympic Park in Stratford. I doubt we'll ever experience anything like it again - people flying the flags of their home nations without sporting rivalry, weird and wonderful entertainment courtesy of the Olympic/Paralympic sponsors, efficient and reliable transport links, and the fantastic Games Makers in their striking uniforms.
Our Greatest Team Parade on 10th September 2012 was the final celebration of Team GB's achievements (including the Games Makers). Fond memories ...
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