July 27 - As London gears up for the opening of the 2012 games, a 3D sound installation on Millennium Bridge looks to give commuters an Olympic spring in their step. Ciara Sutton reports.
The hurdles to staging the 2012 Olympic Games in London have been plentiful and well documented. Troops had to be called in to make up for a shortfall in private security staff. Transport is an on going concern, and with the rainiest April and June on record, it was unclear whether the sun would make an appearance. But as the official opening has neared, the climate has improved significantly. The Millennium Bridge has been set to music and poetry as part of a 3D sound installation. Martyn Ware of the 80s band Heaven 17 is a co-creator of the piece. (SOUNDBITE) (English) (MARTYN WARE, SAYING) "London can be a stressful and hard place to move around sometimes, but anything that can give you a little bit of peace and respite from the madness I think is a great thing." This installation, called The Tales, will continue for the duration of The Olympics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, CIARA SUTTON, SAYING: "It's been years in the planning, cost billions of pounds, and mounted the biggest UK peacetime security mission. But the 2012 Olympics is finally here, and all eyes are now on London for the start of the games." And the mood seems to be shifting too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT SAYING: "I think everybody's attitude has now changed in the last week, especially with the sunshine. I think we're ready for it now, it's going to be good. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT SAYING: "The weather's helped, it's been lovely the last few days. I think that optimism has filtered through every body. It's been a brilliant place this last week." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT SAYING: "The british love to moan but ultimately you only need to look at the reaction to what Mitt Romney was saying. As soon as someone else started doing it, we got really indignant about the whole thing. Yes we like moaning, but in our hearts I think we're all really behind the whole thing." The celebratory spirit has even reached Downing Street - a welcome distraction perhaps given the UK was shown earlier this week to be sinking further into recession. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "Britain is ready to welcome the greatest show on earth, and it's going to be an incredible few weeks for our country, I think it's a great opportunity to show the world the best of Britain, a country that's got an incredibly rich past but actually a very exciting and vibrant future." London is the first city to play host to the Olympic Games three times...politicians, athletes and sports fans alike will be hoping the Games prove to be memorable...for the right reasons. Ciara Sutton, Reuters.