Well it seems like it’s been a long time coming but the Olympics 2012 is just around the corner and you can feel the anticipation and excitement building across the whole of the Country. (Well if you watch the BBC maybe…)
Here in Cardiff the council have erected many banners and flags along the streets currently lining the torch route that it will take via the City Centre (with many more to go up in the next few weeks!)
On Friday 25th May, 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay leaves Newport and makes it’s way into Cardiff via Newport Road, a circuit around the city centre and a photo stop at Cardiff Castle before making it’s journey into the Olympic Torch Relay Party being held at Bute Park on the same evening. The full route and road closures are on the Cardiff Council website.
Appearing at the Olympic Torch Relay Party in Cardiff are:-
Brit Award winning singer ‘Emeli Sande‘,
Rock band ‘You Me At Six‘
Cardiff rockers ‘Kids In Glass Houses‘ who will headline this free concert to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in Cardiff.
All 16,000 tickets have been snapped up and currently the stage is being built complete with large lighting and sound systems.
Cardiff is hosting a lot of the male and female football games at the Millennium Stadium so a giant set of Olympic rings has been erected outside City Hall to celebrate Cardiff being actively involved in the games. The £300,000 rings measure 18m across by 8m high and nearly 1,500 hours were spent designing, engineering and fabricating the 11-tonne structure. The £300,000 cost also includes a further design for another sculpture to be installed in August for the Paralympic Games which were both funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
On one side of the rings they are coloured grey whereas on the other they are the traditional Olympic colours of red, black, blue, green and yellow.
London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe said:
‘The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. Being launched exactly three months before the Millennium Stadium hosts the very first sporting event of London 2012, they show that Wales is ready to welcome the world’.
It was a great draw for people of all ages to come and get their photos taken next to some giant rings! But it wasnt for all – this duck just wanted it’s water back to the way it used to be!
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