The bells rang out across the region this morning as part of the celebrations to mark the start of the Olympics.
The Prime Minister says it's a chance to show "the best of Britain", and as Martin Stew reports the region has been playing its part.
Olympic medal winners from the East have been welcomed back to the region
Some of the region's Olympians have been immortalised in Lego.
Olympic bronze medal winning hockey player, Chloe Rogers from Great Dunmow, returns to Essex.