By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
A major milestone for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics’ project was recorded when local school children and the British Prime Minister David Cameron were accorded the privilege to officially turn on the flagship venue’s flood lights for the first time.
The construction of the breath-taking venues and infrastructure of the London 2012 Games which started in May 2008, funded by the National lottery through the Olympic lottery Distributor, the Department of Culture, Media and Sports, the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency, is of its own, an epoch making event for Briton.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, London Organizing Committee Chair Set Coe, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman, John Armitt, made up of members of the Olympic Park Workforce, Local Community and School Children were present to watch the stadium light up.
In his speech at the venue of the event, ODA Chair Person, John Armitt, stated that the official turning on of the Olympic Stadium floodlights for the first time is a powerful symbol of the strong progress that has been made on the Olympic Park and a fitting way to conclude 2010, adding that the lit-up stadium which can be viewed from miles away, is an evidence of how the transformation of the Olympic Park site has changed the skyline of London.
Prime Minister David Cameron who spoke out of excitement, declared that,’’ …In 2012, a light will shine on all of our country as billions look on. I want the world to see that Briton is a confident forward –looking country a great place to live, work, invest and do business…. As people come and see our culture, heritage, great cities, countryside and dynamism”
According to Mr. Cameron, “we want to ensure these games deliver a strong legacy not just regenerating this part of east London, but boosting our National economy and inspiring a new generation to get active and sport.”