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Glastonbury Tor's starring role in London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 28, 2012

  • Artistic director Danny Boyle unveiled his plans for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony last month

  • A model of the scene of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, released last month

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Glastonbury Tor played a starring role in last night's spectacular London 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

A crowd of 80,000 in the stadium, and an estimated audience of a billion worldwide, saw artistic director Danny Boyle's Tor creation form a central part of the £27 million show depicting Britain's 'Green and Pleasant Land'.

The iconic Somerset landmark formed an eye-catching part of the ceremony, and was then used to fly the flag of each of the 204 competing nations when the athletes arrived at the venue.

After getting under way at 9pm last night, the ceremony reached a spectacular finale shortly before 1am this morning with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

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The cauldron, formed of 205 copper petals representing the competing nations coming together in London for the Games, was ignited by seven young Torchbearers nominated by a cavalcade of Britain’s past and present Olympic and sporting greats.

LOCOG chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said: "The athletes competing at the Olympic Games have arrived in London to give the performances of their lives.

"We wanted to provide a very British welcome for them and the rest of the world.

"Danny Boyle has created a show of memories and moments that will last a lifetime for people across the UK and the world."

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony featured a cast of more than 7,500 volunteer performers who gave up their weekends and evenings to take part in a total of 248 rehearsals at two east London rehearsal sites and at the stadium.

On average, adult volunteer performers rehearsed for 150 hours each.

The children were drawn from 25 schools in the six east London host boroughs and the 170 16 to 18 year olds, from six colleges, speak more than 50 languages between them.

Artistic director Danny Boyle said: "Our show was really the volunteer’s show. If you want to judge us as an island, these people are the best of us, and we hope the feeling of the show was a celebration of their generosity."

Mike Oldfield said: ‘I am immensely proud to be involved with this momentous event and in helping to bring Danny Boyle's vision to reality.

"The opening ceremony will see the London 2012 Olympic Games off to a spectacular flying start."

Tim Berners-Lee said: "The Opening Ceremony is a fantastic show, a tribute to the athletes who have worked so hard to get here. It is a great honour to be involved with it.

"Every Olympic Games is a very special event, but this one is particularly for me being in the city in which I grew up."

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  • Tommy1uk  |  July 29 2012, 7:04PM

    and if that's supposed to be the Holy Thorn on top, at least we know who nicked it!!

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