UEFA Champions League Final 2013

The Pandemonium Drummers performed on the turf of Wembley Stadium just before the kick-off of the UEFA Champion’s League Final 2013 between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

For a full round up and lots of lovely pictures please visit The Pandemonium Drummers Web Site

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‘Save Our NHS’ Demonstration and March

In the long tradition of keeping the spirit of the people alive, as highlighted by the Protest and Working Men segments of the Olympic Opening Ceremony, a group of Ceremony Volunteers joined the “Save Our NHS” demonstration in London today.The British National Health Service earned its own unique segment in the Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony, in conjunction with the renowned Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Primarily funded through general taxation, rather than requiring private insurance payments, the NHS provides a comprehensive range of health services, the vast majority of which are free at the point of use for residents of the United Kingdom

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‘Save Our NHS’ March London May 18 2013 Image (c) Copyright Phil NIXON

Protesters took to the streets of London to show their anger at decisions to downgrade A&E departments in hospitals across London. The march was backed by unions, and the event included the handing in of a letter at No 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him to put a stop to “closures and privatisation threats to the NHS”.

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‘Save Our NHS’ March London May 18 2013 Image (c) Copyright Phil NIXON

This is not the first time volunteer cast members have joined protests about changes to the world famous NHS service. On 20th October 2012 they joined the TUC “A Future That Works” rally in London and in January 2013 the Save Lewisham Hospital mass rally.

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TUC ‘A Future That Works’ Rally – 20 October 2012 Image (c) Copyright Vilma Laryea

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BAFTA TV Awards

At this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Television Awards within the Royal Festival Hall the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremony Volunteers were out in their best finery for a well deserved special night out.

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Greeting the stars on the Red Carpet (c) Copyright Vilma Laryea 2013

Not only were the television stars greeted on the famous Red Carpet by members of the Pandemonium segment of the Opening Ceremony, in addition many volunteers had tickets to attend the ceremony and it was great for those lucky enough to be there to meet up with friends out of costume, with the ladies dressed in the most beautiful dresses and gowns, plus the gentlemen strictly black tie.

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Pre-Show Drinks at The Royal Festival Hall

The London Olympics was recognised with three nominations at the BAFTA television awards, with Channel 4’s London 2012 Paralympic Games winning the Best Sport and Live Event Award.

The BBC “Twenty Twelve” sitcom (that spoofed the preparations for the Games) gained four nominations and won awards for Best Situation comedy and for one of its star’s, Olivia Colman, the award for Female Performance in a Comedy.

Clare Balding, who won a Bafta Special Award, said she was “aware this would not have happened if it weren’t for the magic of last summer”, referring to the 2012 Games, when she presented for both the BBC’s Olympic and Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage.

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Working Men and Women from the Opening Ceremony (c) Copyright Vilma Laryea 2013

Hamish Hamilton, who directed the TV broadcasts of the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, was honoured by receiving the Special Award at the BAFTA Craft Awards on 28 April.

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On the Red Carpet at the BAFTA 2013 Television Awards