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Top honour for Olympics boss

Lord Coe receives his honour from Princess Anne. Credit: Dominic Lipinski, PA

The chief organiser of the London Olymipcs received a top honour at Buckingham Palace today. Lord Coe was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Princess Anne.

Speaking afterwards, he said that he shared the award with the many other people who had helped make the 2012 games such a success.

He said: "It's a lovely honour and I'm deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog....but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line."

He added: "The thing that always makes me most proud is the community effort that went into this, whether the teams at Locog or the armed services during the Games themselves, all our volunteers, our business and commercial partners - everybody played a part."

Move to help Olympics firms land contracts

Culture Secretary MariaMiller and BOA Chairman Lord Coe today announced that the companieswhich helped build the Park, venues and provided goods and services for theGames will now be able to actively promote their work on the Games.

It's hoped that the move will give the economy a boost by helping firms land contracts and deals on the back of their involvement with the Olympics. Companies will need to apply for a free licence which will enable them to promote their work on the Games.

The licence will also give businessesexclusive access to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s photograph library which will give them opportunity to market their involvementwith some of the Olympic ‘stardust’.

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Boris wary of rushing reopening of Olympic Stadium

Boris Johnson said: "Londoners have to be a little bit patient; they have to recognise that this thing (the Olympic Stadium) was not built to be the kind of omni-purpose, world class stadium capable of hosting premiership football that it should be and there's a very clear choice for us all.

"Do we want to rush ahead with a reopening or do we want to go on with the adaptations that will deliver a world class facility?"

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