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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 - 19:21
Olympic Stadium transformed to "British countryside" for opening ceremony
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The Olympic Stadium will be transformed into the "British countryside" for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games on the 27th of July.

A cast of 10,000 volunteers will help recreate country scenes, against a backdrop featuring farmyard animals and landmarks like Glastonbury Tor.

Artistic director Danny Boyle revealed that the opening scene of the 27 million pounds ceremony will be called "Green and Pleasant".

He added the show would create "a picture of ourselves as a nation."

The set will feature meadows, fields and rivers, with families taking picnics, people playing sports on the village green and farmers tilling the soil while real farmyard animals will be grazing in the "countryside", with a menagerie of 30 sheep, 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese and three sheepdogs.

One billion people worldwide are expected to watch the opening ceremony.

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