By Max Clarke
A ceremony is to be held today (Wednesday) in London’s Trafalgar Square to mark the final one-year milestone before the London 2012 games.
“With just a year to go until London moves into the spotlight as host city of the 2012 Games, the excitement is building by the day,” Jennette Arnold AM, Chair of the London Assembly.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "A year from today the curtain will be lifted on the London Games and I call on the world to come and enjoy what will be the greatest party that London, indeed the planet, has ever seen. Our stunning venues are almost all complete on time and under budget, and the impact of the Games on this great city of ours is being felt on many fronts.
While much of London is celebrating, the colossal Olympic 2012 project has attracted significant opposition. Many are sceptical of the legacy of the 500 acre site, fearing the multi billion pound development will amount to a white elephant the country can ill afford as it continues to slowly emerge from the effects of the recession.
Security is another concern, with locals and Londoners fearing the international media spotlight shining on the Capital will offer the ideal platform for terror attacks. The Met police have already begun coordinating their security response, though doubts remain.
“Yes, there are some areas that need some attention over the coming months — particularly around transport, the preparedness of the emergency services and getting Londoners into Games-time jobs — but we have no doubt London will put on an amazing show for the world,” continued Arnold.
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