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London buzzes ahead of the Olympic ceremony

London buzzes ahead of the Olympic ceremony
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The heat is on in London as hundreds of thousands of people come together in the city on the eve of the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games 2012.

Even the police are getting into the spirit. “What can I say, it’s not raining, it’s sunny, it’s great, loads of people, it’s great to be here on the South Bank (of the Thames) come down, enjoy yourself,” said one officer.

Those from overseas also picked up on the vibe: “I’m very excited to be here. It’s my first time in London, I’m here for the games and the energy in the city is incredible,” said a visitor from north America.

Londoners are just as excited: “I just hope it’s a brilliant games for everybody. I hope the weather stays sunny and warm and that everyone gets a little bit of the glory,” one woman told euronews

Not all of the half a million visitors to the event have tickets for the games. One hopeful visitor told us: “It’s a life changing event, I’d say. It’s different. I’ve come over 3,000 miles. I don’t have tickets, but it would be nice if I could get something.”

The euronews London correspondent Ali Sheikholeslami concluded: “London hosts the world. After years of preparation, now it’s time to have fun and to get excited. London 2012 is here.”

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