Search

Photo Gallery: London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

16:07 28 July 2012

The London 2012 Olympic games Opening ceremony. All pictures by Archant Norfolk photographer NICK BUTCHER.

The London 2012 Olympic games Opening ceremony. All pictures by Archant Norfolk photographer NICK BUTCHER.

©archant2012

The eyes of the world were on the Olympic Stadium in London last night for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

An estimated worldwide television audience of one billion people watched Danny Boyle’s creation that included a cast of hundreds.

The stadium was transformed from countryside, through the industrial revolution and on to dancing, with live music performances from Dizzee Rascal and the Arctic Monkeys.

The Queen, Bradley Wiggins and Daniel Craig as James Bond were among those involved, before Chris Hoy carried the Union flag for Team GB.

David Beckham played a special part as he brought the Olympic torch down the River Thames by speedboat, before handing it to Sir Steve Redgrave.

He brought the torch into the arena, before the games cauldron was lit by seven up-and-coming young athletes nominated by British Olympic legends including Daley Thompson, Duncan Goodhew and Dame Kelly Holmes.

Archant Norfolk photographer Nick Butcher was at the opening ceremony and to see photo galleries click the links at the top right hand side of the screen.

0 comments

Other news

Yesterday, 13:05
Thetford's Forgotten Garden which took part in the Open Gardens Weekend. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Thirty eight gardens of all shapes and sizes took part in this year’s Thetford Open Gardens as the event celebrated its 10th year.

Yesterday, 17:00
Effie Cole, nine, from Bardwell, has donated almost 10 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

They say a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, but one young fund-raiser has chosen to donate hers to less fortunate girls.

Yesterday, 11:47
Physiotherapist Rosie Tulloch helps a patient with the bed bike at West Suffolk Hospital.

Critical care patients at a Suffolk hospital are now being given a better chance of making a good recovery following the introduction of a specialist ‘bed bike’ which aims to keep joints moving while combatting muscle wastage.

Yesterday, 11:08
Picture: James Bass

Thieves have made off with an iMac, laptop and Nikon camera after breaking into a house through a conservatory in Thetford.

Most Read

Yesterday, 11:08
Picture: James Bass

Thieves have made off with an iMac, laptop and Nikon camera after breaking into a house through a conservatory in Thetford.

Read more
Thetford
Yesterday, 21:55
Jamie Vardy (right) looks dejected as England crash out to Iceland.

Roy Hodgson has quit after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 after losing 2-1 to Iceland in their round-of-16 match in Nice.

Hodgson confirmed his assistant managers Ray Lewington and Gary Neville will also leave their roles.

Wayne Rooney put England in front with an early penalty after Raheem Sterling was fouled, only for Ragnar Sigurdsson to equalise almost immediately.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson gave Iceland - a nation of 330,000 people - the lead with a shot Joe Hart should have saved.

England, devoid of attacking ideas, rarely threatened and Iceland will face hosts France in the quarter-finals.

Read more
Sunday, June 26, 2016
An e-fit likeness of a man police are trying to trace in relation to a reported rape in Brandon.

Detectives investigating a rape in Brandon have carried out more checks in the area a week after the attack happened.

Read more
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The US Air Force Thunderbirds in action.

A pilot from a Suffolk airbase says he is “proud beyond words” after being picked as the lead for the US Air Force’s elite demonstration squadron.

Read more
Thetford
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Mark Bedford, headteacher of Thetford Grammar School

An historic grammar school has announced its new headmaster who will start in September.

Read more
Thetford

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up