On 27 July 2012, I was privileged to attend, with Ann, the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. On the following day The Times described it as “a magnificent triumph of ideas as well as a feast for the eye” and, in it’s leading article, went on to say: “the ceremony imagined and orchestrated ….. by Danny Boyle showed something different (from Beijing) and brilliant: an ambitious depiction of ideas that represent Britain and its spirit. Whatever sporting acheivements are recorded in these Games, Boyle has already made them memorable beyond transient spectacle. He has given the nation a glimpse of both history and possibility that may prove a durable in the collective memory as the Great Exhibition of 1851 or the Festival of Britain as century later.”
These photograps were taken on that night and on two other visits to the Olympic Park during the magical days that followed.