Two weeks ago we visited Stratford on what was a gorgeous sunny and very warm day. Tina was helping our daughter Alice and her bridesmaids-to-be find their dresses for the big day in 2020. I used the time to really explore the Olympic Park which I hadn't been to since 2010 when it was being constructed. My photos from this shoot feature all sorts!
Dear Reader, can you help me identify this tradtional dance, the people and the costumes? It is somewhere along the lines of Morris Dancing but I am no expert. I stumbled upon them whilst I was approaching the Olympic Stadium and watched them for a little while before I carried on. They were whacking their sticks with gusto and must have been melting in those costumes. Nearby there was this other interesting character.
Not what you'd expect to see in East London? However what do I know, I don't even live there!
One nil to the Cockney Boys!
I walked around the outside of the Olympic Stadium which was really interesting and eerily quiet since it wasn't a match day. Plenty of things caught my eye of course but I couldn't stop imagining being there on the night of the 2012 Opening Ceremony. I tried getting tickets but the cost was somewhat insane at the time! We watched it on TV instead with a nice bottle of Malbec and a curry, so there!
Of course The Olympic Stadium is now known as the London Stadium, the home of West Ham FC. So the photos here reflect football history of the Hammers.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit was designed by Anish Kapoor and is the tallest sculpture in the UK and situated on the Olympic Park.