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The East Ender’s 2012 Diary

LOCAL LAD: Campbell

OF THE millions of people who make it to the London 2012 Olympic Games very few of them will miss the Bel Air night spot, Eastway cycling course or even Wax Club, because no one will know they were ever there.

I’ve seen the whole Olympic Park, transports links and roads, built from scratch so it was always going to be an emotional affair when I entered the brand new facility for the last round of Olympic test events, which took place over the Bank Holiday.

I’m a real East Ender, and the aforementioned venues were popular haunts for many throughout my youth.

They have now been replaced by the Olympic Velodrome, Aquatics Centre, Athletes Village and a big, wacking McDonalds which, quite frankly, is a blot on the landscape.

But despite a huge chunk of my life being relegated to nothing but a distant memory, I am excited. I love sport and understand that change is the only thing we can guarantee in life.


OFFICIALLY OPEN: The Olympic Stadium

A massive crowd of 40,000 people attended the opening day of the track and field events.

While they probably won’t admit it, the number of people in the stadium did cause a few issues for neighbouring Westfield Shopping Centre where I saw queues for food snaking around almost every plausible option.

One restaurant just wasn’t coping, piling trays full of dirty dishes on the floor within touching distance of dining customers.

A word to the wise, do not drive! You will get nowhere fast, absolutely nowhere.

That said, Transport For London and LOCOG will need to sit down and discuss how the flow of traffic coming in and out of surrounding stations can be improved because things are not ready as they are.

Things inside the park seemed to run very smoothly, although it would be good if volunteers - and I mean all of them - know where various aspects of the Park are so they can guide people accordingly.

I asked eight people in hi-visibility Olympic tops for a road that was 100 yards from them and nobody had a clue.

Overall, I can’t wait. It’s going to be a once in a life- time gig and we’re nearly ready, we’re nearly there…

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