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Olympic opening celebrations in Weymouth and Portland
10:35am Friday 27th July 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
This live event has finished
- Weymouth Beach Live Site opened to the public at 1pm and from 2pm-8pm there will be singing performances.
- At 3.45pm the Coastal Voices choir performed, followed by Welcome Songs performers at 7pm.
- Twelve Team GB sailors will take to the stage at 7.50pm before the hand over to the London celebrations, which will be shown on two huge screens.
- Around 10.15pm there will be a firework display in Weymouth Bay.
- Join in by sending your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #olympicsailing on Twitter.
The day is drawing to a close. Beach events have been a huge success and Team GB given a rapturous reception on the beach.
Join us again tomorrow for live coverage of all that's happening in Weymouth and Portland during the games.
Team GB onstage #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
There's not long now until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The ceremony will be screened live on Weymouth Beach, so get down and enjoy the party!
Keep up to date with all Olympic events and news via dorsetecho.co.uk
7:32pm Fri 27 Jul 12
No, it's very quiet in Weymouth. Can't accuse me of being a moaner - a fact is a fact.
Have just come home to the sound of karaoke drifting over from the athletes' village!— @joannacdavis 27 July 2012
RT @DorsetEchoSam: #olympicsailing a 'carnival atmosphere' along Weymouth Beach as people embrace Games! Lots going in to the live site later too— @IanMunroPrice 27 July 2012
#olympicsailing Roy Griffiths, event manager Spirit of the Sea: "Today has been awesome. Come down we are partying." http://t.co/VpuG3G3N— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
First Buses coming along The Esplanade to drop people at #olympicsailing live site jam-packed— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
RT @jonjoe: #Weymouth come on down everyone to the beach party! #Weymouth2012 #olympicsailing # http://t.co/DDesNV7M— @tinytinyrach 27 July 2012
#Weymouth come on down everyone to the beach party! #Weymouth2012 #olympicsailing # http://t.co/DDesNV7M— @jonjoe 27 July 2012
RT @DorsetEchoEmma: #OpeningCeremony #olympicsailing having a great day with @EchoRBurnett at #weymouthbeach http://t.co/MLCW1ZOR— @jurassic_coast 27 July 2012
6:48pm Fri 27 Jul 12
Genghis wrote:Can't put any spin on it, I went this afternoon and thought the numbers were down on the usual summer holiday figures. Was hoping for a few more but early days yet.
Well I've spent most of the day down town on the seafront. Loads of people about enjoying the various events.
#olympicsailing thousands watching the multi-lingual welcome #weymouthbeach http://t.co/jW90Qx0m— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Lots of people strolling to the live site- met a few from Bristol, Leicester, Glasgow, London, Derby, Taiwan. They all love #olympicsailing— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Can't wait for the Team GB sailors to take to the stage at 7.50pm including triple gold medallist Ben Ainslie . #olympicsailing— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
waiting for the multi-lingual welcome to start #at a very packed #weymouthbeach— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Here's a short video from earlier showing firefighters at the Pavilion
RT @WeyOlympics2012: Weymouth is looking amazing in the sun! Coastal voices choir is sounding great at the beach! #olympicsailing— @perisailing31 27 July 2012
@NotBillWalton #olympicsailing— @80mjr 27 July 2012
The sports area on Weymouth beach exceeded the amount of visitors it expected by 500+ on the first day of #olympicsailing !— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Weymouth is looking amazing in the sun! Coastal voices choir is sounding great at the beach! #olympicsailing— @WeyOlympics2012 27 July 2012
the sun is still sailing on #olympicsailing #OpeningCeremony.— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
5:19pm Fri 27 Jul 12
Well I've spent most of the day down town on the seafront. Loads of people about enjoying the various events.
Pavilion fire: People are being allowed back into the venue. Investigations are underway into the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the toilets. As well as being the home of the TIC and the theatre, the Pavilion is also being used for the non-accredited media centre for the 2012 Games.
5:08pm Fri 27 Jul 12
What's happening then? We can't let people like grumpyofwestham our cold water on it all.
Though perhaps that's what the fire crews are up to.
Hope the fireworks aren't all in a cardboard box nearby :)
#olympicsailing police still on scene after fire started in toilets at the Pavilion. People allowed in the building. http://t.co/cSwl8mvy— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
4:45pm Fri 27 Jul 12
Where are all the people? I've never known a day so quiet in Weymouth at the height of summer ... car parks with loads of spaces, official car parks all but empty, roads around brewers quay empty of people .. it's more like late september or october than the middle of summer. If this is what the Olympic effect is, then I'm not in favour of it.
Weymouth and Portland ambassador team enjoying the day despite being evacuated from #weymouthpavilion #olympicsailing http://t.co/5wXqjTle— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Pavilion fire: Several fire engines and police cars are at the scene. We're told the complex will be closed for the rest of the day. The Pavilion is home to the 2012 non-accredited media centre.
RT @DorsetEchoSam: #olympicsailing a 'carnival atmosphere' along Weymouth Beach as people embrace Games! Lots going in to the live site later too— @SVFuller 27 July 2012
Evacuated people waiting for news on suspected fire. Police and fire service here #olympicsailing http://t.co/X8VkmQko— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
RT @DorsetEchoSam: Lots of people we've spoken to reading @Dorsetecho on Weymouth Beach to get 'all the info' about #olympicsailing— @SVFuller 27 July 2012
Hundreds of people evacuated away from #weymouthpavilion as police arrive at the scene http://t.co/5KbYGJql— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Everyone being evacuated from the area due to fire at #weymouthpavilion http://t.co/eKVUw97P— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Breaking News: Fire engines have been called to Weymouth Pavilion, home of the 2012 media centre. Our reporters are at the scene and will bring you the latest.
Great atmosphere at the Live Site with more Coastal Voice singing coming soon to the beach #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
Dozens of singers and musicians from around Weymouth performing together for Coastal Voices #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
Crowds gathering on the beach #olympicsailing http://t.co/773zxaVH— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
Tim's band had to pull out of Weymouth live site gig- so he's busking instead! #olympicsailing http://t.co/KwFZaAXD— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Just some of the world's press and tv crews in #Weymouth for the #Olympicsailing http://t.co/VagJJaQP— @DorsetTransport 27 July 2012
The big day is here! The sun is shining, the Live Site on Weymouth Beach is up and running - and yes, it's FREE - and our reporters are out in the field tweeting the latest snippets of news. There's entertainment all day and the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be screened live from the beach tonight.
Bring on the Games!
The Pacey family, of Essex, came to enjoy the opening ceremony at #weymouthbeach #olympicsailing http://t.co/jnEbT0iA— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Beautiful singing from Oriel Delange-Pandeli at the live site #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
http://t.co/n2001hrD— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
#olympicsailing #weymouthbeach the live site is so relaxed, amazing weather and Oriel's singing is so good! http://t.co/hvR36eh0— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
@2012Weymouth are you out enjoying the opening ceremony?— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
@runoutofhell yes of course the live site is free!!— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Self taught composer Oriel Delage-Pandeli on stage at Weymouth Beach Live SIte #olympicsailing #weymouthbeach http://t.co/VXufext3— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
Lots of people we've spoken to reading @Dorsetecho on Weymouth Beach to get 'all the info' about #olympicsailing— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Warning issued to the crowd to drink loads of water and keep up the sun block topped up in the heat #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
Portland coastguard helicopter flying over Weymouth bay making sure everyone is safe in the water #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
Lovely performance from local band Gail Force 3, the crowd enjoyed their laid-back tunes #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
Will it be you? 'Olympic millionaires' are being made tonight to coincide with the opening ceremony. See our story here
Weymouth and Portland ambassadors Jessica Blythe and Dani Stringer helping out at #weymouthbeach #olympicsailing http://t.co/dr1rJdB0— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
The live site at Weymouth beach #olympicsailing http://t.co/z5oA8nhW— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
The Archer family from Portland are on the beach they said the Sailing Academy is 'fantastic' & a great Games legacy #olympicsailing— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Lots of people are enjoying the sun on Weymouth beach and having fun at maritime mix #olympicsailing— @EchoRBurnett 27 July 2012
#olympicsailing a 'carnival atmosphere' along Weymouth Beach as people embrace Games! Lots going in to the live site later too— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
crowds gathering ahead of #olympicsailing at #weymouthbeach— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
First Bus say there will be no extra buses in Weymouth tonight after the opening ceremony celebrations. See the story here
Video latest! Reporter Catherine Bolado reports from Weymouth Beach this morning about what to expect today.
And following on from Sam's tweet, here's a short piece about problems being experienced in King Street - although we've heard it's getting sorted now. Please remember King Street is closed from 10am-10pm throughout the period of the Games - except for access to the petrol station and the railway station from the Commerical Road end
#olympicsailing @DorsetEchoRach's just been down to King Street to see traffic chaos- please remember it's closed!— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Day 2 of the Battle of the Winds is underway on Portland now
Here's a story which will tell you what it's all about
And here's a picture which will give you some idea of what the spectacular will look like tomorrow evening. It promises to be a great show!
It's here everyone! For all the latest on events in Weymouth and Portland search #olympicsailing and check http://t.co/szSoqsii! ENJOY :)— @DorsetEchoSam 27 July 2012
Some more of our stories from around the site today:
And here's Jeremy Hunt having some trouble with a bell on live TV this morning.
Morning Weymouth! Team beach are getting ready for the opening ceremony #olympicsailing @EchoRBurnett— @DorsetEchoEmma 27 July 2012
While we're waiting for the festivities to start, here's our video of the Olympic torch in Weymouth :
And here's a glimpse at the weather:
Feel free to let us know in the comment if you're going to any of today's events.
You can keep up to date with traffic here ...
http://t.co/2rypMxfe mounts bay in her full glory with police boats— @joannacdavis 27 July 2012
We've got lots of coverage elsewhere on the site:
Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell can't wait for the games to start
Our main story: The wait is over
And coverage of this morning's All the Bells events
And of course there's our Olympic section here .
No Olympic Sailing Tickets? No Problem http://t.co/ZRHii3Uq #sailing #olympicsailing #olympics— @johnthecrowd 27 July 2012
Morning! It's been seven years, but today’s the day that Weymouth and Portland welcome the Olympic to the borough.
Here's what's happening today:
On Weymouth Beach from 2pm will be a host of performers and singers.
At 3.45pm the Coastal Voices choir will perform, followed by Welcome Songs performers at 7pm.
Twelve Team GB sailors will take to the stage at 7.50pm before the hand over to the London celebrations, which will be shown on two huge screens.
On Portland the Battle for the Winds will be searching for evil baddie Doldrum’s lair at the High Angle Battery from 12noon to 2pm.
Our team will be covering this once in a lifetime event and updating you on the day’s events as they happen.
Join in by sending your pictures to email@example.com or use the hashtag #olympicsailing on Twitter.
View the full Olympic events schedule here .
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