- Beginning with an idyllic countryside scene, Danny's Boyle's 'Isles
of Wonder' has produced spectacular moments in the Olympic
The highly anticipated Opening Ceremony began with an imagined trip along
London's iconic river,
the Thames, from its source in Gloucestershire to the Olympic Stadium in east London.
The countdown to the start of the Ceremony was marked by 96 children standing around the Stadium with popping balloons, followed by the Olympic Bell ringing in the official start of the Opening Ceremony.
Boyle's 'green and pleasant land' was brought to life with villagers playing cricket, farmers herding 40 sheep and children dancing around 4 maypoles.
Loud drumming indicated the beginning of 'Pandemonium', a depiction of the Industrial Revolution in
Britain. A giant ring was
forged in the centre of the stage which was raised to join four others and form
spectacular Olympic Rings above the Olympic Stadium.
Also during the Ceremony, the Olympic Flame made its way along the
Thames in a boat piloted by
David Beckham. He played an important role in bringing the Games to London and has been a big
supporter ever since. Carrying the Torch on the boat was Jade Bailey, a young
footballer tipped to become one of the sporting stars of the future.
At the heart of the Opening Ceremony is the Athletes' Parade where teams enter the Stadium in alphabetical order, with Team GB concluding the Parade.