London celebrates Olympic countdown

With less than 100 days left until the Olympics begins, the city is preparing to welcome visitors from around the world.

As people quickly book up cheap London hotel deals, the countdown to the Games has begun with a series of events across the city such as floral displays at Kew Gardens and a special parade from the Scots and Welsh Guards at Horse Guards Parade.

There was also an announcement that revealed some of the details of the much-anticipated opening ceremony on July 27th. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed that the Games will be opened with a Red Arrows flypast in a Big Battle formation above the Olympic stadium.

LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: "With 100 days to go to the start of the Games, millions of people  are getting ready to do the best work of their lives and welcome the world this summer."

He added: "Whether it’s the competing athletes or people getting ready to join their communities in supporting torchbearers on the streets of the UK, the whole world is getting ready for London. Expectations are high and we won’t disappoint."

The official Olympic motto was also revealed by LOCOG. Organisers hope that 'Inspire a generation' will sum up what the Games will mean to those taking part and watching around the world.

A number of test events have already been held in many of the Olympic venues to ensure the Games take place without any problems. In total 31 out of the 41 events have been involved in completed tests and there are further pre-Game run-throughs planned for May at the Olympic Park involving six different events.

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