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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 10 September 2012

Goodbye Team GB

Today I was at the Athletes Parade as we celebrated Team GB's performance and said a final farewell to our summer of sport. Withdrawal symptoms already started. As a volunteer I was lucky enough to be given a ticket to view the parade from the Mall so I got there early to make sure I had a front row spot.
We were entertained by a number of different 'artistes'. These muscle men were very keen to show off their 6 pack.

Turbo grannies who raced around on their segways. I didn't realise they could go so fast.

A stand off between the police and the grannies!

The singing nun.

The police from Hackney that entertained us whilst we waited. They were particularly good at taking photos for the spectators.


Not a bad imitation of 'The Bolt'.
High Fives from the police on horseback.


Eddie Izzard - went along the lines of volunteers and thanked as many of the Games Makers as he could.

The British lions at the head of the parade.

In the end I only took a couple of photos of the athletes as I was too engrossed in speaking to them and waving.

It is thought there were a million people on the streets to greet the athletes. So goodbye to London 2012 - roll on Rio in 2016. (Last photo from Google images.)

33 comments:

  1. What a wonderful series of photo's , you must have had a wonderful day.

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  2. Oh, my! Such fun shots! I bet this was a wonderful parade for everyone.

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  3. Oh, yes!! What fun shots indeed! Your photos are terrific! Such a greattime for all! Thanks for sharing it with us today!! Have a good week!!

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  4. Wow !! What a great time. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. How happy and in peace with itself a city it feels to be.

    daily athens photo

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  6. What a fun parade and looks as though the weather was kind for the big occasion.
    I love those Grannies in their trolleys!

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  7. Fascinating event and great photography ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. What a fun parade, I sure everyone was happy being there too. Love the photos, great shots!

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  9. That looks like a fun time - so many people!

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  10. Thanks for sharing these. As your parade photos illustrate, the British have excellent humor! The crowd photo is phenomenal. Britain should be proud of the job it did hosting the Olympics and so should you volunteers who helped make it all happen. :)

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  11. The parade looked like a ton of fun! Terrific Pic!

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  12. It was wonderful to attend the Olympics and the Paraolympics with you! They were fabulous!!

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    1. Wow, what fun. Glad you were able to take some photos to share with us.

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  13. Wonderful and colorful shots of the event. It is nice to see overwhelming support.

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  14. Wow - what an amazing parade. All you volunteers made it all possible! Fabulously fun shots. And I do so admire Eddie Izzard.

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  15. Looks like it was a really great day and a lovely ending to all your hard work.

    Mollyxxx

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  16. That looks like a wonderful way to end the event. I'm sure you are feeling very bittersweet at present.

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  17. Saw some of it on TV - that first muscle man looks a bit like Ian Botham. The big crowd difference from a few years ago is that 95% of the onlookers have cameras in their hands.

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  18. What a fun parade you had in London, a great summer for everybody.

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  19. What a fun parade! And, so many spectators! My belated congratulations on the success of hosting the Olympics, the Paralympics, and excellent job of British athletes.

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  20. hihi, I am glad I don´t have such legs as shown in the first pic. Made me smile. Thanks!

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  21. Lovely to see it generated so much of cheer and goodwill!!

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  22. What wonderfully fun shots. It looks like it was a fabulous parade! How exciting for you to have been part of such an incredible Olympics.

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  23. Wow ! what a show ! so sad that I missed that ! Even on TV ! Now it's really over. What a nice time you had !

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  24. Thanks for sharing! This looks like real fun! Amazing pictures.

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  25. Too much fun!!! But you (and the other volunteers) deserved every minute of it! Bright beautiful pictures -- makes me feel like I've been there! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Wow, this is a great fun!! Humorous parade makes me smile, smile and smile. My favorite is "Singing Nun".
    keiko

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  27. Wow, what an event, full of great costumes:) Thanks for sharing!

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  28. The parade looks like a huge celebration, lots of fun for all. A wonderful way to finish a great summer of sport for you and all of London.

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  29. What a wonderful way to close the games. I'm sure it's an opportunity that you will remember for a very long time!

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  30. Londoners sure know how to party and parade. You got some great close up shots and I bet you have a head full of wonderful memories. Don't you wish that the people of the whole world could be as friendly and supportive to one another as the paraolympians are. I think we can all learn a great lesson from these disadvantaged heros.

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