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Olympic volunteers: One year on

All this week we're looking at the legacy of the London Olympics one year on, and asking whether its main aims are being achieved.

One of its commitments was to inspire more people to volunteer.

A recent survey found that almost half of Londoners were inspired by the Games to volunteer for the first time, or more often.

Simon Harris has been to meet one of last year's gamesmakers, to find out if he's still giving up his time to help others.

London 2012 revisited

London 2012 volunteers enjoy the pool Credit: Debbie Rowe

One year on from the London Olympics, a new photography exhibition looks at the Games impact on some of the 70 thousand volunteers.

The free display, at Stratfords 'ViewTube' tells a visual story about 17 gamesmakers who made the whole thing possible.


Cyber security chief: 'The clock was ticking'

"There was a suggestion that there was a credible attack on the electricity infrastructure supporting the Games.

The clock was absolutely ticking.

We effectively switched to manual, or had the facility to switch to manual.

It's a very crude way of describing it, but effectively we had lots of technicians stationed at various points."

– Oliver Hoare, London 2012 head of cyber security
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'Cyber attack' threat to 2012 Olympics

The London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony Credit: Reuters

Security experts have revealed that they received suggestions of a cyber attack targeted at the opening ceremony of last summer's Olympic Games.

Oliver Hoare, head of cyber security for the Games, told the BBC he received a phone call from government listening post GCHQ on the day of the opening ceremony.

There were concerns that the lights in the Olympic stadium could have been turned off during the ceremony.

The threat failed to materialise and the ceremony went off without a hitch, but security officials revealed that they had put extensive precautions in place to withstand such an attack.

Mr Hoare said he" twitched" every time the lights in the stadium dimmed as he watched the ceremony at home with his family.

An Olympic 'I do'

The Olympic Stadium Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Couples could soon be able to marry with the Olympic Park as their backdrop. Legacy bosses have applied for a licence to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies on top of the "Orbit" - the 260-foot high tower which overlooks the entire park.


Young Poet Laureate required!

The London Legacy Development Corporation is looking for 6 young poets Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The search has begun to find a young poet who will perform in and around the Olympic Park.

Aged between 18 and 25 and from London, they will become the London Legacy Development Corporation's Young Poet Laureate for a year and take part in several events.

This would include some big and little moments within the life of the area in Stratford, east London, as the Park reopens in phases a year after the London 2012 Games.

The work of the young poet should reflect "the changing capital" city, the LLDC said.

LLDC chief executive Dennis Hone said: "This programme is part of ambitious plans for arts and culture in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district, and the Park will play a key part in that transformation."

Applications are invited to become one of six young poets who will take part in events and workshops over the summer before the overall winner is named.

More information on the Young Poet Laureate for London can be found online at

Applications close on June 24.

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Gordon Brown to blame for Olympic budget ballooning

Former Mayor Ken Livingstone blames Gordon Brown for increase in Olympic budget Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone hasblamed Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown for the dramatic increase in the budgetfor the London Olympics.

The estimated cost of staging the games rose from £2.2bn in 2005 to £9.3bn in 2007. Mr Livingstone, as Mayor of London was one of the leading figures in Britain's bid, was giving evidence today to the House of Lords Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee.

He said:

"We had huge problems with Gordon Brown. No Olympics has ever been told to pay VAT before, so that added another £836m, a completely non-sensical decision to have made.

Also, and this was driven very much by the Treasury and Gordon Brown, he insisted on a much larger budget for emergencies and cost over-runs and I was hostile to this."

Pride in our Games Makers

File photo of Games Makers in the Olympic Park, London Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A third of people wish they had volunteered to help out at last year's Olympics following the success of the so-called Games Makers, according to a study. A similar number said the Games Makers positively changed the way they viewed volunteering, a survey of more than 2,000 adults found.

An estimated 873,600 volunteering hours have been put back into communities by the Games Makers since September, said the report by Olympic legacy charity Join In.

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