6 May 2012

Olympic stadium opened in London

2:00 pm on 6 May 2012

The Olympic stadium in London has been formally opened by a nine-year-old girl who lives down the road.

Niamh Clarke-Willis, who can see the Olympic Park from her home in the east London borough of Hackney, stepped out into the infield of the 500 million pound stadium with London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.

Together they pressed a blue button that opened a net and sent balloons swirling above the 40,000-strong crowd, who had snapped up the available tickets in a mere 20 minutes, as a light show filled the sky on a chilly night.

The lucky youngster was chosen to do the honours at a special test event celebrating 2,012 hours to go until the Games begin on July 27.

Paralympic gold medal-winning archer Danielle Brown had earlier shot arrows at two spinning targets to select a name from 100 pre-selected eight to 14-year-old girls and boys.