Wow! What a way to start. It had emotion, innovation, creativity and a wicked sense of humour. I loved every spine tingling single second of it.
But if I had to single some out, here are my favourite moments from the opening ceremony:
- Walking in to the stadium for the first time and being greeted with a traditional countryside scene in place of an athletics track – breath-taking
- I loved that there were two mosh pits filled with members of the host borough communities
- In the opening scene when five Olympic rings were attached to four balloons and carried them up, up and away. By the end of the ceremony the rings will have reached the stratosphere.
- The 965 drummers during the Pandemonium scene that represented Britain’s role as the birthplace of the industrial revolution.
- The Queen, James Bond and the corgis – say no more!
- When all 640,000 ‘audience pixels’ in the stadium turned red, white and blue – go Team GB!
- The stunning ‘Second to the right, and straight on till morning’ scene featuring 600 dancers, all of whom are NHS staff, and one of my favourite fictional characters Mary Poppins
- The through-the-decades medley that had me bopping in my seat – much to the amusement of the Japanese journalists sat next to me
- And of course when Team GB entered the stadium and the atmosphere was simply electric – David Bowie ‘Heros’ the perfect tune – and 7 billion pieces of paper dropped – one for every person on the planet