So after a resounding musical climax the curtain falls on the greatest sporting show in the world.The worlds political leaders can learn a great deal looking at the common goal and spirit shown by the Olympians from over 200 Nations joined together in a peaceful, joyous finale. Good must triumph over evil.
As we are less than an hour away from the City and from Stratford itself we were lucky enough to not only visit the Olympic Park for events a couple of times but to also get a feel for the atmosphere around Town.
On Saturday we took some friends from Loughborough to the Potters Field Live screen across the river from Tower Bridge. We arrived in time to settle down for the 5000 meters final and Mo Farah’s greatest moment. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd a buzz. As the race neared it’s conclusion we all stood as one and screamed as loud as we could at the screen, they must have heard us in the Olympic Park!
Job done, we felt it could not get any better and rambled along the South bank taking in the sights and sounds. Back over the Thames we decided to have a good look at the Olympic Rings from on high and the best place to do that is the Sky Lounge bar in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel with a cocktail in hand. Not cheap but you would pay to see the view alone – the Tower aglow in a swathe of red, white and blue light exotically changing with purples and greens.
Talking and engaging with total strangers, not least the foreign ones, has been the norm in and around the Games. Two Americans were enjoying the view beside us – enjoying yourselves we enquire – you bet was the reply and what is more they are anglophiles too .They moved to London from New York over 30 years ago and are as proud of London’s performance as we are. What is more, he was an NBC TV reporter and was able to compare Our Games with past Games at first hand – no comparison- these are the best, most friendly, most well attended and most well organised Games he had visited, a new bench mark had been set that would be hard to live up to.
We left the bar late, very late – but in a glow as bright as the Tower.
We can all say that we were part of it, London did it Our way – it is now, in 4 Years, time for Rio de Janeiro to do it their way.