One last amazing day in a city that doesn't want its party to end
Tom PeckThe greatest show on earth, as it has become customary to call it, finally came to an end with the grandest lap of honour. Hundreds of thousands of people filled London's streets, 30 deep in many places, on a windy, occasionally drizzly afternoon, for one last look at their Olympic heroes.
More than 800 athletes, very nearly every Olympic and Paralympic competitor, filled 21 floats that left from Mansion House in the City of London at lunchtime, and slowly made their way through the City, past St Paul's Cathedral and down the Strand. Crowds poured into every conceivable inch of pavement space, packing the entrance to the Savoy Hotel. Trafalgar Square, so often the centre piece of such occasions, appeared as packed as it could conceivably be. "We were here in 2005, when we won the bid," said Christine Horton, who was there with her daughter, Grace. "Well I was, she wasn't born. And now we're here again. I don't think anyone knew in 2005 it'd be like this. It's magical."
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"One last amazing day in a city that doesn't want its party to end ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2012. Consulté le 07/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/one-last-amazing-day-in-a-city-that-doesn-t-want-its-party-to-end-