London, July 27 (IANS/CMC) The long anticipated London 2012 Olympic Games open with fanfare and fireworks that are expected to be top class.
As usual, any opening ceremony of an Olympiad is always a must-see because of its colourful and artistic extravagance, including the parade of teams, which many times is used to judge the Games, CMC reports.
The whole of the field of play in the Stadium will be transformed into the rolling British countryside as the London 2012 Ceremonies Team creates one of the largest sets ever built in a ceremony estimated to cost 27 million pounds sterling.
The set will be completed with meadows, fields and rivers, and featuring families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and farmers tilling the soil whilst real farmyard animals graze.
Each of the four nations that comprise the United Kingdom will be represented by their national flower - the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and flax from Northern Ireland.
Sprint sensation Usain Bolt, who will carry Jamaica's flag, is expected to draw attention from as early as the opening day.
British Prime Minister David Cameron got his first taste of Olympic action Thursday shortly after touring the Games Village. He returned home where he was joined by his wife Samantha to welcome the Flame, which was carried to Number 10 Downing Street - the Prime Minister's official residence - by Kate Nesbitt, the first ever female member of the British Royal Navy.
On Friday, the Flame will make its final stop at the opening ceremony.
Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson also made her way into the village, first for the flag raising ceremony, then to meet and greet the Jamaicans.
Danny Boyle, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Director, said: "The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be."
However, as soon as this opening spectacular gets out of the way, it's down to the action. And again the Caribbean, to be led by Jamaica, is expecting most of its medals on the track.