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The London 2012 – Opening Ceremony – Glastonbury Tor


From ‘this is Somerset’

‘Glastonbury Tor played a starring role in last night’s spectacular London 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

A crowd of 80,000 in the stadium, and an estimated audience of a billion worldwide, saw artistic director Danny Boyle’s Tor creation form a central part of the £27 million show depicting Britain’s ‘Green and Pleasant Land’.

  1. Artistic director Danny Boyle unveiled his plans for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony last month

    Artistic director Danny Boyle unveiled his plans for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony last month.’

     Glastonbury Tor – picture from Wikipaedia

‘The iconic Somerset landmark formed an eye-catching part of the ceremony, and was then used to fly the flag of each of the 204 competing nations when the athletes arrived at the venue.

After getting under way at 9pm last night, the ceremony reached a spectacular finale shortly before 1am this morning with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

The cauldron, formed of 205 copper petals representing the competing nations coming together in London for the Games, was ignited by seven young Torchbearers nominated by a cavalcade of Britain’s past and present Olympic and sporting greats.’

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Glastonbury Tor has a fascinating history…   You can read more about Glastonbury Tor here.

Tomorrow I’ll talk more about the tree.