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2012 – A year to remember

It’s been an amazing summer with the London 2012 Games taking place on our doorstep and the fantastic achievements of Team GB and Paralympics GB.

The record breaking sporting performances, the amazing venues and the feel-good factor of the Games will no doubt leave us with memories that will last a lifetime.


Amazing celebrations

As a host borough, we welcomed both the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays to Waltham Forest with a fantastic range of events - over 85,000 residents took part in the celebrations and got the chance to be part of history. Thousands of residents also came out to enjoy our Big 6 events, which were put on by the Council to make sure residents made the most our Olympic Year.


Keeping the Flame Alive – Our legacy from the Games

One of our key aims, as host borough to the Olympics, was to maximise the opportunities the Games would bring to Waltham Forest and make the most of our Olympic Year. Some of the highlights include securing more than £22 million worth of investments into the borough’s streets and open spaces and building a construction skills centre to bring quality training to residents.

The Games has also inspired residents to get into sport and sports opportunities have been boosted for new facilities for promising athletes.

 – Find out more on our Olympic Legacy and how it will continue to benefit the borough for years to come.


Business as usual for Council services

Although the borough was not as busy as anticipated during the Games, over the last seven years a great deal of planning and preparation took place to make sure things went smoothly. All Council services have now returned to normal, and traffic and travel changes have been removed.

Read more on our preparation during the Games.



We hope you’ve enjoyed the summer, whether you attended our vast programme of events, got the chance to go to an event or tour the Olympic Park through entering one of our many competitions, soaked up the atmosphere with friends at the 2012 Live Site, took part in the different Olympic-themed parties or were inspired to take up sport. 

We will continue to build on the momentum to make sure our borough continues to benefit from this once in a life-time event.