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Make sure you celebrate the London 2012 Games in style with the official Closing Ceremony on Sunday night. It’s been a fantastic fortnight of sport for London, with Team GB making us all very proud, so here are some place to party as we hand the baton over to Rio!

Royal Greenwich
Enjoy the closing ceremony at one of Royal Greenwich’s big screens. There’ll also be some local Olympic fireworks on the night. The Screens can be found at the Old Royal Navy College, General Gordon Square and the Tudor Barn.

BT London Live, Victoria Park
We’ve loved the atmosphere everytime we’ve been to Victoria Park during the Games. Make sure you’re there for one last hurrah as the big screens show the Olympic Closing Ceremony from 7pm. There’ll be performances from Cuttashine Hoedown and Kidnap Alice; if there are fireworks in the Olympic Stadium, you might well be able to spot them from Victoria Park in person as well as on screen. Entry is free.

London’s National Olympic Houses
There’ll be parties aplenty at the various National Olympic Houses set up by visiting nations across the city. You can see a list of the houses here, and read our reviews of the venues here.

Haggerston Park screening; Hackney
You can watch all the action of big screens from 9 til 11.30pm in Haggerston Park in Hackney, not far from the Olympic Park: again, if there are fireworks, you’ll be well-placed to perhaps catch a glimpse over the East London rooftops.

Lewisham Big Screen in Blackheath
Starting from 7pm, you can enter the Blackheath Closing Ceremony for free. The South London site also offers a mirrored Spiegeltent with food, a bar and lives entertainment.

The Water Poet, Spitalfields
Multiple big screens will be available throughout the Spitalfields pub, capturing all the live action throughout the evening. The best seats will be in The Water Poet’s basement cinema. Arrive early and enjoy their barbecue in the garden from 4pm. No tickets or booking required.

Forman’s Fish Island, Hackney Wick
Located just 100m outside the Olympic Park, Forman’s Fish Island has been taken over by the Maddox Club during the Olympics. As well as a big outdoor screen showing all the Closing Ceremony antics, there’s beach volleyball, and super tasty treats courtesy of the Maddox Club chefs. Entry on the night of the Closing Ceremony is £25.

BBC Big Screens
The BBC’s BigScreens@LiveSites in Walthamstow Town Square and General Gordon Square, Woolwich will also be showing the Closing Ceremony.

Where will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below.

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Interview: Ceinwen Giles, London Olympic Torchbearer Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:30:45 +0000 Yesterday we told you where to see the Olympic torch in London. Today, we’re finding out about one of the London Torchbearers.

Ceinwen Giles, 37, will be carrying the Olympic torch in her home borough of Lewisham on 23 July, as part of the Olympic torch relay around the UK. She was chosen to be a torchbearer following her recovery from blood cancer.

How did you become a torchbearer?
I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma just after I had my daughter. It was really advanced so I had to stay in the hospital for five months after she was born, but it’s now been two years since I went into remission. I used to be a long-distance runner before I got sick and my husband nominated me as a torchbearer because he thought it would be a nice present for me to carry the torch.

How does it feel to be chosen to carry the torch?
A lot of the people who have been chosen have amazing stories, so to be in their company is a big honour. Being a runner, I’ve always been a big fan of the Olympics. I’m probably never going to make it to the Games, so this is the closest I’ll ever get!

What will happen on the day?
The torch is coming to Lewisham early in the morning, so I’ll get picked up in a bus with the other torchbearers. I’m running in Lewisham where I live – the route is really close to our flat so I have friends in the area which is great. The relay organisers haven’t said the exact distance I’ll be running but the average is something like 300m. They drop people on and off in a van and have a party in the evening. I’m looking forward to that and to meeting new people.

Have you done much preparation?
I’ve been watching the relay online and everyone else has been running their section so I want to run the whole thing. So I’ve been going for some runs and making sure I’m fit – carrying the torch is good motivation to get back into shape.

You’re a trustee of a cancer charity – will the relay help raise awareness?
You’re not allowed to wear a sign or a banner during the relay, but we might do some fundraising like asking people to donate if they get their picture taken with the torch. The charity is Shine Cancer Support – it supports adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have had cancer. There are a lot of cancer charities out there but most of them care for people who are much older or much younger, so it fills a big gap.

What will you do with your torch after the relay?
I won’t be selling it on eBay! I think I’m going to keep for my daughter. She’s two and a half now and I’d like her to have it as a souvenir of everything we’ve been through.

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Video of the Week: Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:00:05 +0000

I love this video of the fantastic Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival, taking place this weekend. It really captures the brilliance of this fantastic free London event.

Are you planning to go? Let us know…

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