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London 2012 celebrates 100 days to go!

London 2012 celebrates 100 days to go to the Olympic Games today by confirming that millions of people around the UK are getting ready to welcome the world to London.

Among those getting ready are a total of 70,000 volunteers, already a significant way through the million hours of training they will receive ahead of the eight million hours of volunteering they will deliver.

Over eight million people have said in a recent survey they are getting ready to line the streets and cheer the thousands of community heroes carrying the Olympic Flame around the UK.

Two million school children are learning about the values of the Games and the countries and cultures of the 10,000-plus athletes from over 200 National Olympic Committees coming to compete in the UK.

Spectators are also getting ready: eight million Olympic and Paralympic tickets will be in the hands of British sports fans by the summer.

Red Arrows to mark Opening Ceremony

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) also announced today that the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team will perform a nine-ship flypast in Big Battle formation to symbolically link the whole of the UK and provide a quintessential British welcome on the day of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (27 July).

Further details of the London 2012 Live Sites up and down the country have also been announced. The big screens, run in partnership between London 2012, the BBC and local authorities, and supported by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, partners BT and Lloyds TSB, and supporters Cisco and Cadbury, will become fully dedicated to coverage of London 2012 from May onwards.