Olympic Flame greeted

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The Olympic Flame received a Royal welcome on Day 53 of the London 2012 Torch Relay as the Queen greeted Torchbearers at Windsor Castle during the relay’s journey from Oxford to Reading.

The British monarch and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh watched as Torchbearer Gina Macgregor, 74, carried the Flame into the castle’s grounds, where she was met by London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.

The day began in Oxford where athletics legend Sir Roger Bannister was the first Torchbearer of the morning, carrying the Flame on the site of his greatest sporting achievement – the Iffley Road track where he became the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes, on 6 May 1954.

Later, five-time Olympic gold-medallist Sir Steve Redgrave carried the Flame one-handed while rowing in an eight-man boat on the River Thames, while the afternoon saw the Torch Relay visit Ascot racecourse, where 2,000 Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis handed the Flame to jockey Frankie Dettori.

Other Torchbearers on the day included celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc, and former England footballer Ray Wilkins, while an Evening Celebration was held at the Madjeski Stadium in Reading, where fans were entertained by British rock band Young Guns.

London 2012 unveils ticket designs

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The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has officially unveiled the design of the tickets for this year’s Olympic Games

Each ticket design features a pictogram for the corresponding sport, while the colour scheme reflects the venue at which the event will take place, ensuring spectators know exactly where they are going. The tickets will also feature a hologram, a barcode and the name of the booker, as well as several other security features to reduce counterfeiting.  This will ensure that every ticket can be traced to the person who purchased it.

LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said: “With the Olympic Flame now making its journey towards the Olympic Stadium, I can’t remember a more exciting week on the road to London 2012. It is important now that people keep their tickets in a safe place ready for Games time and also to be wary of websites and organisations claiming to have Games tickets to sell. In many cases, they simply do not have them to sell and there is a real danger people will end up being out of pocket and missing out on seeing the Games. If in doubt, check our website and be 100 per cent certain you are buying from an authorised source.”
Tickets for the Games are still available from LOCOG and other authorised sources. The majority of tickets will be sold on www.tickets.london2012.com and there is also a full list of authorised ticket resellers available on the website.  LOCOG also has a URL checker on its website, which will confirm whether any website claiming to sell London 2012 tickets is genuine or not.

Big Dance 2012

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Thousands of performers from across London will create a mass spectacle for Trafalgar Square. Under the direction of choreographer Wayne McGregor and with support from dance groups, emerging and professional choreographers from a range of backgrounds join forces in a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Wayne McGregor is Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. The New York Times recently described him as 'the closest thing to a rock star that ballet can currently claim'. In 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services To Dance.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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Westminster will hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration event on 26 July. Coca-Cola is helping to bring the Finale event of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, to London's Hyde Park on Thursday 26 July 2012. At the event you'll be able to enjoy extended live performances from some of the UK's coolest bands, whilst celebrating all our inspirational Future Flames - amazing people chosen to carry the Olympic Flame. Join us to Move to the Beat™ of London 2012!

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Finale will have performances by Dizzee Rascal, and The Wanted. It will also feature a special performance by Mark Ronson and Katy B.

Other performers include: You Me at Six, Rizzle Kicks, Eliza Doolittle, Wretch 32, Morning Parade, Loick Essien, and Little Comets.

Tickets for the London date are charged at £15 per ticket plus order processing fee.

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