Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell MP
Liberal Democrat spokesman for London 2012 and former Olympian
Rt Hon Don Foster MP
Liberal Democrat spokesman for London 2012
For many, London 2012 began back in 2005 when we won the bid to stage the Olympic Games. Since then thousands have worked tirelessly, the length and breadth of the country, to prepare, not just in London but throughout the UK – from Weymouth and Portland to Hampden Park in Glasgow. The whole country has been involved in designing and constructing the Olympic Park and venues, and tonight we will see entertainment and talent drawn together from across the UK.
We will be transported, stewarded and protected by thousands of people, including volunteers who have given their time and service to deliver the Games. London 2012 has already inspired many young people to take up sport, with some of the best performing at the Schools Games in this Stadium earlier this year. And tonight we will see athletes from across the globe who themselves were schoolchildren only a few years ago. The Games will inspire us to achieve our goals.
Using true British style and humour, tonight will be a celebration of the Olympic ethos that combines values of friendship, excellence and respect. We salute the athletes you will be privileged to see over the coming days for their dedication, determination and spirit.