London Olympic and Paralympic spirit rekindled to celebrate 10 years on from Games

Mayor to mark 10-year anniversary celebrations as Queen Elizabeth Park becomes home to world class sporting, education and cultural infrastructure as part of London’s Olympic Legacy

• Plans to celebrate 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through spring and summer of 2022 revealed
• Mayor to light Anniversary Legacy Flame on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark 10th anniversary of London 2012
• New survey shows 8 in 10 believe it was right to invest in the Games and are proud of the 2012 legacy
• 2012 medals and torches on display at free public exhibition 
• Companies provide support to stage free community events including the Great Get Together 
• Park to host Commonwealth Games track cycling 

 
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan will join local east Londoners in lighting an Anniversary Legacy Flame as part of plans revealed today (Tuesday 15 March) to mark the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will form the focal point for activity to celebrate a memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games which not only delivered a record haul of medals but was also the catalyst for major regeneration in east London. The wider Olympic legacy continues today through the provision 33,000 new homes and a £1.1 billion investment in East Bank bringing the BBC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and UCL’s newest campus to east London. 
 
The Mayor will be joined by special guests who represent the legacy of 2012 and will light the Anniversary Legacy Flame next to London Stadium in July, with the event marking the start of the Park’s biggest annual community event, the Great Get Together. 
 
Details of the events have been released as a new survey of 2,000 people shows 81 per cent believe it was the right decision to invest in the Games and 79 per cent are proud of the Olympic legacy and say it has benefited local people in East London.*
 
The community celebration on Saturday July 23 will see a day of live performances and workshops including from East Bank partners V&A, BBC and Sadler’s Wells. East Bank’s creative and educational district, currently under construction in the Park, is the single largest investment in London’s cultural infrastructure since Exhibition Road in 1851. The free event is expected to attract thousands of visitors, and the opportunity to involve the community in the celebrations is a highlight of summer in the Park.
 
July and August will see Lee Valley VeloPark host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games track cycling. The former Olympic and Paralympic venue will become the world’s first sports arena to host competitions for Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and Commonwealth events in the same sport.
 
Lee Valley VeloPark will also be the venue for a free exhibition opening in April which features the legacy story of the 2012 Games and showcases a number of displays including 2012 medals and torches and cycling items on loan from the National Paralympic Heritage Centre. 
 
The iconic Olympic sports venues, such as the London Aquatics Centre which attracts one million visits a year, along with the new housing developments and the emerging structure of East Bank will be showcased during the London Festival of Architecture throughout June along with walks, talks and events detailing how the area has developed. New London Architecture will also showcase its famous architectural model of London in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre from April for six months.
 
Former International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge hailed London as a “blueprint for future Games” adding that “London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy.” Those comments are borne out by the results of the recent research which also shows that 95% of local people think the Park is an asset for the whole community and 94% think that the area is changing for the better.
 
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “In the 10 years since the Olympic and Paralympic games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been at the centre of a vast regeneration project the impact of which has been felt across London and the whole of the UK. 
 
“Whether through housing, culture, tech or sporting achievement, I am proud that the Olympic legacy continues to shine.”
 
Lyn Garner, LLDC Chief Executive, said: “Our programme of events celebrates that wonderful summer of sport in 2012 as well as all that has been delivered since then. And the legacy will continue in the years to come more housing, jobs and opportunities for local people being delivered.
 
“It is fantastic to see that people have such fond memories of 2012 but also appreciate the legacy that has been, and continues to be, created here in east London.
 
“The Great Get Together will be bigger and better than ever before. Three of our key Park partners – Mace, Delancey and Lendlease – have generously supported the activity during the summer which has helped to keep our celebrations free of charge.”
 
Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, said: “The continued success of the 2012 venues we own - Lee Valley VeloPark, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and Lee Valley White Water Centre – are central to the sporting legacy from London 2012, with the programmes we’ve created delivering opportunities for communities every single day. 
 
“More than a million people have cycled at Lee Valley VeloPark since we opened each creating their own piece of history. We’re delighted that more history will be made again when the Commonwealth Games comes to Lee Valley VeloPark this summer, adding to the 28 international events held at our venues since 2012. We look forward to welcoming visitors to “The Story So Far” - the exhibition which charts the evolving legacy since the Games.”
 
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has launched #PassTheBaton, a social media programme inviting people, community groups and businesses to share their memories, photographs and videos of London 2012 from the building of the venues, the Games and the creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
 
LIST OF KEY DATES AND EVENTS
 
• West Ham United fixtures at London Stadium from now until May
• London Lions basketball fixtures until April
• London Pulse netball fixtures until May
• Legacy Youth Conference (March 23)
• Olympic and Paralympic Exhibition opens at Lee Valley VeloPark (April 11)
• NLA London model opens at Westfield Stratford City (April TBC)
• World e-Triathlon series at London Aquatics Centre (April 23)
• Launch of SHIFT, the Park’s new Inclusive Innovation District (May TBC)
• Anniversary of start of 2012 Olympic Torch Relay (May 10)
• FIH Pro League at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (May21-22 and 28-29)
• ABBA Theatre opens on the Park (May 27)
• FIH Pro League at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (June 18-19)
• Hella Mega Tour – Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer at London Stadium (June 24)
• Red Hot Chili Peppers at London Stadium (June 25 and June 26)
• Foo Fighters at London Stadium (June 30 and July 2)
• Anniversary Legacy Flame lighting (July 22)
• Great Get Together (July 23)
• 10th anniversary of 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony (July 27)
• Commonwealth Games track and Para track cycling at Lee Valley VeloPark (July 29 – August 1)
• EAST Summer School (July/August)
• UCL East Pool Street West building opens (September)
• Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup at Copper Box Arena (November 3 –9)