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leo opening 02 thumbLeo writes of his experience of attending the opening ceremony of this years Olympic Games

Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for theopening Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Leo, one of our past students, writes of his experience of attending.

 

The opening ceremony

I was delighted to represent CCHS at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. My mum went with me, and the day started a lot earlier than you would think, (we were queuing to get in to the park at 2 in the afternoon). The park in itself was amazing but once we crossed the bridge to “Stadium Island” (about 6pm) we could see the first set; The Isles of Wonder.

The set was alive for the few hours before the ceremony began with several cows and goats in front of us, whilst round the other side there was a flock of sheep being herded: there were also chickens rabbits and a shire horse and cart. People were harvesting wheat, playing football and cricket and dancing round a maypole. One thing that being in the stadium could provide you with was the authentic rural smell (the animals!).

The Red Arrows were as spectacular as ever, arriving precisely at 20:12 and truly starting the excitement.

Once the ceremony got underway at 9pm everyone was awestruck with how amazing it was and I won’t describe it all (as I hope you all saw it!) but several points are worth mentioning.

During the segment “Pandemonium” the entire stadium was shaking with the drumbeat which just added to the rest of the atmosphere including the smell of cordite. The noise from the crowd when the Queen first appeared in the Bond skit, as well as when Rowan Atkinson was revealed to be playing the piano during chariots of fire was incredible, and the reveal of the Cauldron as it was lit, as well as the heat it radiated, was incredible.

The day ended for us at well past 2am but it was an unbelievable start to an unbelievable games and I am honoured to have been there as it is something that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

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#1 Tony 2012-11-09 10:56
How marvellous.

What a wonderful gesture by Sir Merrick Cockell to donate tickets for both the Opening and Closing Cermonies to CCHS.
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