London 2012 cauldron moved into position in Olympic Stadium

30th Jul 2012
London 2012 cauldron moved into position in Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Cauldron has moved to its resting place in the Olympic Stadium before the start of the London 2012 Athletics competition.

The Cauldron, lit here by torchbearer Austin Playfoot, has taken the same position as the Opening Ceremony Bell.

As transition works continue in the Stadium, the Olympic Cauldron has been relocated at the south end of the venue.

The Cauldron was lit during the Opening Ceremony on July 27th.

It has now moved to the south end of the Stadium.

The Olympic Flame was taken from the Cauldron on July 29th and placed in a special miners lantern overnight before work began to move Thomas Heatherwick’s spectacular structure from its Ceremony position in the centre of the field of play.

The Cauldron, measuring 8.5 metres, is made up of 204 steel pipes and individually designed copper petals inscribed with the competing nation’s names, has been relocated at the south end of the Stadium within eyesight of competing athletes, as an echo of the cauldron location at Wembley for the London 1948 Games.

During an 80-hour transition of the Stadium from Danny Boyle’s spectacular set for the Opening Ceremony to an Olympic sporting area for athletes from around the world, the Cauldron was relit.

In a small ceremony the Olympic Flame was transferred from the miners lamp to the Olympic Torchbearer Austin Playfoot who then lit the Olympic Cauldron using the Olympic Torch.

Austin Playfoot, London 1948 and London 2012 torchbearer said: “It was an honour to be asked to perform this important task of relighting the Cauldron in its resting position. When I ran with the Olympic Flame in Guildford I never thought I would get this close to the Cauldron, it brought me to tears when it lit up.

“It will be an incredible inspiration to the competing athletes here at the heart of the Olympic Park in the Stadium.”


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