THE world is still talking about the spectacular opening ceremony for the Olympics and today’s ECHO features an interview with one of the main players who helped make the magic happen.
Liverpool author Frank Cottrell Boyce spent more than two years working as part of ceremony co-ordinator Danny Boyle’s creative team – and he should be immensely proud of his contribution.
As the show’s writer, Frank helped create the wonderful story arc that kept around 27m UK viewers enthralled – and he was at the forefront of a magnificent Merseyside effort.
The start of the Greatest Show on Earth just had to include Sir Paul McCartney, who delighted the Olympic Park crowds by leading a mass singalong of Hey Jude.
Another Liverpool-born musical maestro, Sir Simon Rattle, conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, while the pop music excerpts included Mersey chart-toppers Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
For many viewers, the highlight of the Isles of Wonder show (title courtesy of Frank Cottrell Boyce) was the delightful double act of Her Majesty the Queen and James Bond.
Daniel Craig spent part of his childhood in Liverpool and Wirral, while the ECHO was proud to put the Queen forward as an honorary Scouser after she went on the Liverpool Duck Tour.
Now, the Queen’s corgis – maybe it’s time we looked into their ancestry!
Thanks for a magical, marvellous and sensational show everyone – it got the Merseyside Olympics off to a fantastic start!