Olympics Opening Ceremony just hours away

Ceremony will kick off at 7pm

It’s the moment everybody has been waiting for – the opening ceremony of the Olympics is just hours away.

The two dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday received rave reviews from the lucky few who were able to get a sneak peak.

The three-hour long event is expected to attract an television audience of a billion people.

The day of celebration began at 8.12am today with a mass bell ringing.

The opening ceremony has a pastoral theme, with 2,000 trees and 100 hectares of landscaping.

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A concert will also be held in Hyde Park tonight to celebrate the start of the Games. Artists including Snow Patrol and Duran Duran will perform.

Prime Minister David Cameron says: ‘It’s a great opportunity to show the world the best of Britain, a country that’s got an incredibly rich past but also a very exciting future.

‘Someone asked me yesterday what face of Britain do we want to put forward – is it Blur or the Beefeaters? – and frankly it’s both.’

Coverage of the event will start on BBC 1 from 7pm.

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