With just one week to go before the official opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games, millions of people across Great Britain are preparing themselves for a special day of celebrations on Friday 27th July.
Although the sporting action will actually commence on 25th July with the women’s football tournament getting underway that day, the celebrations will really step up a notch 48 hours later.
For those not lucky enough to have tickets for the opening ceremony there are still plenty of ways to join in the fun and become part of the Olympic party. Thousands of fans will gather at the numerous London 2012 Live Sites across UK, in various locations across London and other major towns and cities, to watch the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony live on big screens.
Indeed, the live broadcast of the Danny Boyle directed 'Isles of Wonder' show will be watched by an estimate global television audience of more than a billion fans. The festivities will commence at 9.00pm in the Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile, for those who prefer to watch the opening night celebrations at home, they can participate in ‘Opening Night In’ parties, at which Local Leaders are being encouraged to host celebrations for their friends, families and communities - including party games, fancy dress and special decorations.
Earlier in the day on the Friday morning, communities will also gather together to take part in the London 2012 Festival celebration 'All The Bells', by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed. The initiative will see bells ringing across the UK at 8.12am for 3 minutes as quickly and loudly as possible.
Anyone can take part by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes - from experienced experts of tower bells to enthusiastic individuals with hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells. The event will also be broadcast live by the BBC.
Friday 27th July also marks the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which 10 million people have already cheered on in person around the UK. On the last day of its journey, the Olympic flame negotiates the world’s oldest hedge maze at Hampton Court Palace, will then be carried up the River Thames on board Gloriana (The Queen’s Rowbarge), will make a stop at Tower Bridge and will then remain out of public view at City Hall until it appears at the opening ceremony.
Seb Coe, LOCOG chair, said: ‘Millions of people across the UK are preparing to actively take part in celebrations that will mark the arrival of the world’s greatest athletes to the London 2012 Games. From ringing in the Games with the London 2012 Festival, lining the street on the Olympic Torch Relay's final route, to Danny Boyle's spectacular Opening Ceremony, we are ready as a nation to show that we are ready to welcome the world to London and the UK for the world's greatest sporting event'.
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