Olympics Opening Ceremony

Olympics Opening Ceremony. Pop star Paul McCartney, one of two surviving members of The Beatles serenaded the capacity crowd with a rendition of “Hey Jude” after the Queen formally opened the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge.

Produced by film director Danny Boyle, the Opening Ceremony included the traditional parade of athletes and numerous impressive set piece displays intended to convey a sense of how Britain developed as a nation.

The statistics for the Opening Ceremony were almost as impressive as the spectacle itself: producing the evening required 15,000 square metres of staging, equivalent to 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools, 7,350 square metres of turf, 500 speakers and many tons of sound equipment, 57,000 separate garments, a cast of 7,500 volunteers, 40 sheep, 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese and three sheepdogs, all looked after by 34 animal handlers. (olympic.org)

The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London. A cast of thousands.

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