“DON’T you come the raw prawn with me, mate!”
This was the jovial response from the newly re-elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, when asked how many more gold medals the Australian Olympic Team would win than Team GB (Great Britain).
“No, no, no… It’s going to be tough but we think we’ve got it covered,” Mr Johnson told Australian Times Editor Tim Martin, crossing his fingers that his British Olympic hopefuls could come out on top over their Aussie rivals.
The Mayor had just announced legendary singer Tom Jones will play for free in Hyde Park in July, as part of BT London Live, a citywide programme of events celebrating the London 2012 Games throughout the Olympic Games period.
“BT London Live is a fantastic way for hundreds of thousands of people to experience all the excitement and live action of the Games for free, and for those inspired by their Olympic and Paralympic heroes to try out different sports.”
BT London Live is set to transform Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square into thriving hubs of activity as the landmark venues play host to all the live Olympic sporting action on giant screens, plus facilitating sports activities, top class music, entertainment and more — and all for free.
“We’re planning an unprecedented number of events in every part of the capital and, combined with terrific entertainment at these three iconic locations, it really will be a summer like no other,” Mr Johnson told assembled journalists at the top of the BT Tower in London’s centre.
And just before humming a few bars of the Tom Jones classic ‘Delilah’, the London Mayor said he was truly excited for the Hyde Park spectacle.
“The atmosphere will be incredible – it’s going to be the place to be in London this summer. There will be entertainments of all kinds, kicking off with a fantastic concert by Tom Jones. All for free.”
Together with the live entertainment, there will be a 55m high BT Observation Wheel giving views of the Olympic Park, have-a-go sports, bungee trampolining, Zip Lines and Zorbing, plus al-fresco Sports Bars and more.
A limited number of Guaranteed Entry Tickets will be available from 16 May for those who wish to ensure they don’t miss out on a particular day for BT London Live (including the Tom Jones performance). For full details head to BTLondonLive.com