After the hiccups in the build up to the Games, the transport system managed, security was managed and, most importantly – everyone had fun. The feel good factor was very much present.
What struck me as I travelled around London is the city was much friendlier. Visitors rubbed shoulders with the locals, and the crowds cheering the competitors on. People were much more relaxed.
Today, I came across a spot between Tower Bridge and Butlers Wharf where people were encouraged to draw their national flags on the pavement. There were a number of them already drawn, and others currently being drawn. This was a touching end to 2 weeks of a major sporting event which brought a carnival atmosphere to London. In their own way, ordinary people had the chance to say ‘I was here’.
Tom Stoddard’s Perspectives exhibition at More London reminded people not to forget those who face hardships. It gave the Games some perspective.