Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris Promises 'Jaw-Dropping' 2012 Displays to Dazzle Visitors

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris Promises 'Jaw-Dropping' 2012 Displays to Dazzle Visitors

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Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent

BORIS JOHNSON has revealed plans to deliver a "jaw-dropping" visitor experience during the Olympics. Inflatable boxers will float over the capital's skyline; a giant arch in the shape of a high-jumper will cross the Westway and a zip-wire is proposed for Trafalgar Square to add to the party atmosphere.

The Thames will be transformed into a dazzling Olympic display with new lighting for Tower Bridge and along the river banks. And a new boardwalk is planned for Southwark to make the south bank more accessible in time for the Games.

The Mayor also hopes the Royal Barge commissioned for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 will carry the Olympic torch on its final leg from Westminster to the Olympic Park in Stratford on the day of the opening ceremony.

Mr Johnson outlined his proposals at an Olympic summit attended by 2012 sponsors and marketing experts.

Keynote speakers at the summit, which was organised by the Evening Standard, were editor Geordie Greig and Sebastian Coe, chairman of the 2012 organising committee, Locog. …

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