Wellingtonians gather to watch ceremony

Last updated 09:47 28/07/2012
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Carolyn Macaulay, 7, of Seatoun watches the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
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PROUD MOMENT: Nick Willis of Lower Hutt leads the New Zealand Olympic Team during the opening ceremony.

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As the ceremony in London celebrates all things British, those in Wellington not wanting to miss out were scoffing bacon butties and watching the festivities on big screens at the Olympic museum.

Enthralled with the giant Voldemort and multiple Mary Poppins streaming out of the sky was Carolyn Macaulay, 7, and her brother Max, 3.

Having just moved house, Carolyn said they were without a telHigh Commissioner evision and didn't want to miss out.

"It's really fun. If we still lived in London like we used to we could have been there."

A caged soccer match was held ahead of the ceremony between British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell and former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast.

The re-enactment of Friday's Olympic opener between the Football Ferns and Great Britain was slightly more palatable than the real thing, with Prendergast keeping it at a two-all draw.

Treadell said she was "immensely proud" to be British.

"All of us are feeling incredibly proud whilst London is on show, and it is ready for this."

She said the High Commission had been hosting events throughout the country, and involving children had been "legacies" of the games.

"Children right across the region have been involved in games and sports, and they are part of 20 million children worldwide that have been brought together through sport."

NZ Olympic Museum Director Charles Callis said sport was a "unifying" activity.

He encouraged people to visit the Olympic Museum before or after Saturday morning sport.

Sport Wellington CEO Phil Gibbons said the Olympics were an opportunity for sports organisations across New Zealand to support local codes.

"One of Sport Wellington's strategic priorities is to give everyone the opportunity to reach their personal goals within sport and recreation environments - here we celebrate with local athletes who might aspire to an

Olympic future in addition to providing venues for the public to experience the Olympic games."

Opening ceremony festivities at the museum last run from 8am-11am.

The museum is open each day from 8am until 4pm.

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