Six months to Games: As it happened

Key points

  • London 2012 organisers have taken control of the Olympic Village site in a ceremony to mark six months until the start of the Games.
  • The 2,818 flats in the Athletes' Village are being fitted out to cater for 16,000 athletes and officials from 200 countries.
  • Creative Director Stephen Daldry and Artistic Director Danny Boyle have revealed the first details of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Claire Heald 
  • Ian Westbrook 

Last updated 27 January 2012

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Welcome to our live coverage of six months to go until the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. We will bring you updates as the Athletes' Village is handed over to Games organisers and ceremony details are announced.

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London 2012 organisers are taking control of the Olympic Village site and the 2,818 flats are being fitted out with the 16,000 beds needed for athletes and officials.

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Sprinter James Ellington is having a look round the new Athletes' Village. He tells BBC Breakfast it's "more luxurious than where I live now!".

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The Athletes' Village will host the biggest ever peacetime catering operation. 60,000 meals a day, says Locog.

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GB fencing hopeful Claire Bennett

tweets: 6 months to go until the Olympics today. Exciting stuff! #daysaway

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Michael Hirst, BBC 2012

Lord Coe speaking at Locog headquarters says today will "explain what next six months is about, what we're going to do, how we're going to nail it".

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Former GB swimmer Karen Pickering: And less than 5 weeks to go to the swimming trials.......I'm buzzing and I'm not even racing!!

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Sprinter James Ellington said the village is a boost to his training: "It's amazing what they've done and now I am here in person it inspires me to run well during the season and make it into the team."

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The Olympic Delivery Authority is handing over the village to Locog today. Chairman Sir John Armitt tells PA Londoners shouldn't get "hung up" on whether the Games is going to put them out a bit.

He says: "When you host people at your house you put up with some inconvenience. As Londoners we should be prepared to put up with that for a few weeks when we host the biggest party in the world and show the world just what a fantastic place London is.

He hopes the Games will top Sydney 2000 when "the Australians welcomed the world".

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Derek from Durham

texts: What's happening to the accommodation after the Olympics are over? Can I suggest that our MPs are housed there instead of the current practice of second homes and related expenses.

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