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Mayor brings in London 2012 Ambassadors to encourage volunteering

The London 2012 Ambassadors helped guide tourists in the capital last summer. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

London mayor Boris Johnson has announced a plan to use some of London's Olympic Ambassadors to encourage volunteering. The Ambassadors were used during the 2012 games to advise tourists in the capital.

The Mayor wants the Ambassadors to go into schools to encourage young people to volunteer in their schools and in their local communities. Some of the young people could end up working at major events in London including the UEFA Champions League Final.

The Ambassadors will also be on hand to guide tourists at venues such as Covent Garden and the Tower of London during the summer.


Where to see the Torch today

Day 65: Olympic Torch Relay Credit: PA Wire

After a triumphant journey from Greenwich to Tower Hamlets yesterday - The Olympic Torch take the reverse direction today.

It'll spend Sunday taking a 32.37 mile tour from The London Eye in the early morning to Bexley in the evening.

Stratford born Lennox Lewis is among tomorrow's line up of 163 torchbearers. The former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the World will take the final leg of the tomorrow's relay as it arrives in Danson Park.

The Torch will also experience 2 water-borne journey's - first it'll cross Fairlop Water accompanied by London Youth Games sailors. Later it will cross the Thames on-board a London Fire Brigade Fireboat.

Other places to view the torch:

Barking Park (9:57am)

Mayesbrook Park Training Centre (10:30am)

Dagenham Town Show, Central Park (11:45am)

Romford Market (1:37pm)

Danson Park (6:50pm)


Final works on Olympic Route Network

Transport for London (TfL) last night embarked on the final stage of works to ensure the Olympic Route Network (ORN) in London is ready to begin operation on Wednesday (25 July) – just two days before the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

The ORN is designed to ensure that all athletes, officials and the world’s media to their events on time.With just one week to go until the Games begin, final preparatory works to build the ORN took place at Westminster Bridge last night.

Over four nights, around 2,000 contractors will continue to install barriers and simplify over 120 junctions along the ORN across London.

Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The ORN is a requirement of all Host Cities and is vital in ensuring athletes, officials and the world’s media get to their events on time.... we’re working hard to introduce changes to the road network as late as possible, to minimise the impact on Londoners."

G4S chief "deeply regrets" Olympic fiasco

The chief executive of security firm G4S told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that they "deeply regret" failing to supply enough staff for the Olympics. Nick Buckles said the firm underestimated the task and will have to pay the Ministry of Defence to bring in troops to cover the gap.

He said many of the candidates that applied were students or had come from other jobs so the training period was left until the last few weeks. Mr Buckles added that they only realised in the last 8 or 9 days that G4S would not meet their target.

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