One year to go for ‘the greatest show on earth’

Today the countdown begins as the borough celebrates exactly one year until the start of the Olympic Games in Stratford.

It promises to be the sporting event of a lifetime and the “greatest Games ever” according to Prime Minister David Cameron.

And it all kicks off 365 days from now at the Olympic Park.

British Airways will launch an Airbus A318 aircraft today from London City Airport to New York emblazoned with “One Year to Go” on its underbelly.


Garry Copeland, British Airways director of engineering, said: “This is the first time in the history of British Airways that we have branded the underbelly of an aircraft with a celebratory message. We hope it will bring a real sense of excitement to the Olympic Park and people living around the area.”

And the countdown will begin during a televised ceremony in Trafalgar Square, central London.

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The opening ceremony, on July 27, 2012, will be directed by Oscar-winning Danny Boyle. This week, the 54-year-old director of Slumdog Millionaire is set to show the Prime Minister a preview of the show which he reveals will include lots of music and “all parts of the United Kingdom”.

The sky stunt is the creation of artist Luke Jerram and features a score by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones.