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2012 Olympics in pictures

Sir Steve Redgrave hands the torch to young torch bearers during opening ceremony. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

It was extremely complex... A lot of ceremonies around the world are led by companies from the UK. A lot of the teams worked in Sydney, Athens and Vancouver so it was very nice to do a show back in London.

– PIERS SHEPPERD, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Fireworks begin at the end of the ceremony Credit: Press Association
Britain's industrial age at the Opening Ceremony Credit: Press Association

During the Opening Ceremony there were

  • There were 7,500 cast members in total
  • In the long hours of rehearsals and for the show itself, they donned 57,000 garments
  • Around 40,000 recycled plastic water bottles and 10,000 recycled plastic bags were incorporated into the costumes
  • The whole thing was filmed by independent production company Done and Dusted
  • The opening ceremony lasted just over three hours
Muhammad Ali enters Olympic Stadium with Olympic Flag Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi
Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Olympic Stadium was dismantled in time for the sporting events to begin.
Mo Farah poses with one of the gold medals he won in the London 2012 Olympic Games Credit: Reuters
The Olympic rings on Tower Bridge Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Great Britain's medal winners pose on the roof of Team GB House in Stratford Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Olympic Gold medallists Mo Farah and Usain Bolt swapped actions, as they celebrated their respective wins in the stadium.

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt do a swap Credit: PA Wire
Tom Daley (L) and Peter Waterfield competed in the 10m platform final Credit: Reuters
Nicola Adams celebrates her victory over China's double world champion Ren Cancan Credit: Reuters
Boris does Usain Bolt's signature pose
Westminster Bridge appears almost empty of pedestrians and vehicles during morning rush hour Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Zara Phillips celebrates with her Silver medal Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The statue of Lord Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square, London, is seen with an Olympic themed hat Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Olympic flame sails past the London Eye Credit: locog
A post box in Westminster painted gold for the Olympics Credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Crew members on board HMS Ocean Credit: MOD

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