What a day!

One word sums up today: wow. What an incredible day. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or a better crowd at Go Local this afternoon. A huge thank you to everyone who came along – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

There was no better place to host a celebration of volunteering than Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Who can forget the energy and spirit of a year ago at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games? One year on, it’s amazing to be back meeting the London 2012 volunteers who helped to make last summer so special. It’s brilliant to hear that so many of you are continuing to volunteer and keeping the spirit of 2012 alive.

If you didn’t get chance to come along to Go Local you can see all the action from the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you were one of the lucky ones to join us, we’d love you to share your photos of the day with us – Join In foam finger shots are a particular favourite here at Join In HQ!

The Games Makers and everyone else who came along to this incredible summer’s afternoon were treated to a star-packed line-up including music from The Feeling, McFly, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and BOND plus a stunning performance from Spelbound. Lord Sebastian Coe and Mayor of London Boris Johnson also came on stage to call upon everyone to take inspiration from the day and lend a hand in their local communities.

GB heroes Rebecca Adlington, Amir Khan, Kelly Holmes, Sally Gunnell, Helen Glover, Sharron Davies and the British Lions also joined us on stage. There were lots more GB athletes mingling in the crowds too, with some even having a go at volunteering! Did you spot them?

Go Local was the UK’s biggest celebration of volunteering. From the rallying beats of the Pandemonium Drummers who opened the show, to the rallying calls of Eddie Izzard who encouraged us all to ‘join in’, the volunteering message that started at the London 2012 Games was loud and clear.

We’re raring to go – are you? Sign up to volunteer in your local area.

Thank you to the heroes that made Go Local, presented by BT, our funders BIG and official Join In Partners BT and Lloyds TSB.


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