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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Countdown to London 2012 continues

12th June 2012

With less than 50 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games, the city is continuing to prepare for the big sporting event.

Anyone staying in central London hotels will have noticed that the capital is already building up to the opening ceremony on July 29th and there are a number of ways that visitors and locals can get involved in the preparation.

London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games chair Seb Coe explained: "The Jubilee celebrations and the incredible welcome given to the Olympic torch relay have shown the great community spirit of British people and their enthusiasm to get involved with big events."

He added: "There is a way for you to be part of London 2012. We are urging the UK public to join in, and to keep their bunting and flags ready to mark what will be an unrivalled summer of sport, culture and celebration."

The Olympic torch is also continuing its tour of the UK ahead of its arrival in London towards the end of July. So far, the Olympic flame has travelled 2,182 miles and been carried by 2,238 torchbearers.

Earlier this month, details of the medal ceremonies were announced and it was revealed that the plans had been inspired by the capital's buildings and heritage. The purple outfits for the medal and flower bearers were designed by students at the Royal College of Art, while the flower bouquets were designed by UK-based florist company Jane Packer.  Each arrangement will feature classic British-grown roses combined with traditional herbs.

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