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Olympic VeloPark opens to public later this month

Olympic VeloPark opens to public later this month

The Lee Valley VeloPark, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is due to open to the public at the end of the month. Members of the public will be able to use various cycling facilities and activities within the site, including the velodrome  where Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria…

Stonehenge comes to east London Open Festival

Stonehenge comes to east London Open Festival

A life-size bouncy castle designed to look like Stonehenge is coming to east London as part of this month’s Open East Festival. Sacrilege, an installation by the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, will take up residence in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which straddles four east London boroughs including Tower Hamlets…

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

With only a week to go until Christmas, businesses across Hackney and Tower Hamlets are relying on festive sales to make up for a loss in custom of up to 70 per cent during this summer’s Olympic Games, a study by Eastlondonlines shows. ELL approached nearly 60 randomly selected high…

Olympics impact on business – ELL wants your views

Olympics impact on business – ELL wants your views

ELL is researching the impact of the Olympics on businesses in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. We want business-owners and managers to complete our short survey (2-3 minutes) and tell us what they think. Replies will be mapped and quoted in an upcoming feature. To take this opportunity to voice your…

Magical journeys on the Overground

Magical journeys on the Overground

Travellers on overground trains, travelling between Hackney and Stratford have been pleasantly surprised by magicians performing card tricks, hired to spread the ‘spirit’ of the Games. Magic on the Overground has been a success not only for Olympic organisers but also for the magicians themselves. Happy commuters have showed their…

Hackney band play their part in the Olympic Closing Ceremony

Hackney band play their part in the Olympic Closing Ceremony

Calling time on a momentous two weeks in the history of London, the Olympics’ came to a triumphant end on Sunday with a closing ceremony that was attended by 80,000 people and watched by 26.3 million people nationally. Described by the creative director, Kim Gavin as “a mashed-up symphony of…

Croydon athlete reaches Olympic discus final with impressive throw

Croydon athlete reaches Olympic discus final with impressive throw

Lawrence Okoye will compete in the Olympic discus final on August 7 after a testing qualifying round in front of 80,000 spectators. The athlete, who hails from Croydon, struggled initially when his first throw landed outside the permitted zone, narrowly missing a photographer.  On Okoye’s second throw he was on target…

Local businesses dismayed at considerable loss of trade due to Olympic Games disruption

Local businesses dismayed at considerable loss of trade due to Olympic Games disruption

Local small businesses are losing trade and suffering from disruptions to delivery schedules during the Olympics, according to business owners in the area. EastLondonLines has learned that the Olympics opening ceremony on July 27 particularly affected night-time business in East London, such as restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas. Small businesses currently…

Boris Johnson left hanging in Victoria Park

Boris Johnson left hanging in Victoria Park

London’s Mayor was left hanging in mid-air as crowds of people at the BT Live Event in Victoria Park celebrated the London 2012 Olympics. Readying himself with a hard hat and two British flags, Boris took to the zip wire above the waiting crowd before coming to an  abrupt halt 20…

Deptford schoolgirl steals the limelight at opening ceremony

Deptford schoolgirl steals the limelight at opening ceremony

A Deptford schoolgirl and pupil at Croydon’s BRIT school has achieved overnight fame after she starred in the internet tribute section of  Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony extravaganza. Jasmine Breinburg, 18, played the part of a young girl who loses her phone on a night out and is tracked down…

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