London Olympic rings unveiled

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and mayor Boris Johnson were among the VIPs who watched as 25 metre wide and 11.5 metre tall Olympic were lowered into place on Tower Bridge.

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Heptathlete Jessica Ennis 'hopes to do Sheffield proud' at the Olympic Games

Olympic gold medal hope Jessica Ennis signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans in her home city today and told them: "I hope I can do you proud."

Ennis was joined for a send-off event in Sheffield city centre by dozens of athletes who hope to be heading for the Olympics or Paralympics.

All were either from the city or trained in the city.

Athlete Jessica Ennis meets fans during a civic send-off event in Sheffield city centre ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Athlete Jessica Ennis meets fans during a civic send-off event in Sheffield city centre ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The champion heptathlete took to the stage with the other athletes in the city's Peace Gardens.

Jessica Ennis (centre) with fellow Olympic athletes in Sheffield city centre ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Jessica Ennis (centre) with fellow Olympic athletes in Sheffield city centre ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA

Ennis told the crowd: "I'm excited. I just can't believe how quick it's come round.

"To be here in Sheffield with some amazing athletes from the city, it's great."

"Training's going good. I'm feeling in good shape. I'm positive. I'm happy with the position I'm in right now and looking forward to the Games beginning."

Jessica Ennis touches the Olympic Torch held by Tina English during a civic send-off event in Sheffield city centre
Jessica Ennis touches the Olympic Torch held by Tina English during a civic send-off event in Sheffield city centre Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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Boris vows transport will 'cope very well' during Olympics

London Mayor Boris Johnson vowed that London transport will "cope very well" during the Olympic Games.

Speaking on a boat on the River Thames after the Olympic rings were lowered into place on Tower Bridge, Mr Johnson said: "I'm convinced that we have done everything that we can.

"The venues are ready, they are under budget, the Park is looking fantastic already, the policing situation is great, you've got all the security in place, the transport network has had masses of investment and I know that it's going to cope very well."

Boris Johnson and Seb Coe celebrate one month to go

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and mayor Boris Johnson were among the VIPs who watched as the rings - 25 metres wide and 11.5 metres tall - were lowered into place on the central London landmark on the River Thames.

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe. Credit: PA Wire

The rings, which weigh three tonnes, cost £259,817 to produce and installing them is estimated to have cost £53,000.

All costs have been met from the £32 million Look and Celebration budget, which will be used to back free cultural events across London.

The Olympic Park McDonald's in numbers

  • McDonald's will be open for 29 days during the Olympics and Paralympics and serve will serve 1.75 million meals.
  • At their busiest periods they are expecting to serve around 1,200 customers an hour .
  • There is seating for 1,500 at the site, including 70 seats on a second floor balcony with a scenic view of the Olympic Stadium.
  • August 3, when the athletics plus aquatics competitions are both under way, has been earmarked as the busiest day.
  • 2,000 staff will work six-hour shifts with a 45 minute break. There will be about 200 staff on shift at a time.
  • The restaurant is 3,000 square metres in size and two-storeys.
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