OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY
In 2012, London hosted the Olympics Games, and the traditional opening ceremony took place on the evening of Friday 27 July 2012 in the Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic Flame took an 8000 mile ceremonial journey from Olympia, and the Bladerunner was selected to be its bearer during its final stretch.
Said to be ‘one of the defining images of the London 2012 Games’ – An estimated 900 million people watched as the BR35 RIB sped down the river synchronised to a massive pyrotechnic display that included a curtain of fire descending from Tower Bridge.
The BR RIB 35 ‘Max Power’ was decked out with four rockets containing smoke canisters, a high-pressure waterjet bar and dozens of lights, and piloted by famous footballer David Beckham.
Torchbearer Jade Bailey carried the Torch to the shores of the Olympic Park where it was handed to five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and jogged into the stadium.