28 July 2012

Olympic big screen draws big crowds

HAGGERSTON Park played host to an Olympic opening ceremony party on 27 July when more than 4,000 spectators came out to watch the historic event on a free big screen.

There were cheers, whoops, dancing and even some tears from the audience during Danny Boyle’s directoral extravaganza, which celebrated all that is great about Britain – from the NHS to its music.

Even Mr Bean made an appearance during a performance of Chariots of Fire, and the crowd were surprised – and delighted – to see the Queen feature in proceedings alongside James Bond, apparently parachuting into the stadium to give her opening speech. 

Young and old alike respectfully stood for the National Anthem, and the Hackney crowd cheered as sportsmen and women from across the globe made their way into the Olympic Stadium. But the biggest roar was saved for Team GB as they proudly entered the arena, followed by a magnificent display of fireworks, that could be heard and glimpsed from Haggerston. 

The eyes of the world are now firmly fixed on East London – and the word on everyone’s lips as they left the park was ‘amazing’. Let the fun commence.

View photos from the Big Screen at Haggerston Park below:

Revellers enjoying the atmosphere at  the park

Revellers enjoying the atmosphere at the park

Revellers enjoying the atmosphere at  the park More than 4000 people watched the opening ceremony at the park Getting into the Olympic spirit


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