Olympic rings of pure steel

The Olympic Rings comes together in formation during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 27, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
The Olympic Rings comes together in formation during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 27, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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THE biggest party on earth started on Friday night at the Olympic Stadium... yet some of South Yorkshire’s VIP guests were missing as the Games get underway.

Jessica Ennis, swimmers Joe Roebuck, Ellie Faulkner and Becky Turner and table tennis couple Paul Drinkhall and Joanna Parker stayed away from the breathtaking opening ceremony of London 2012. They decided to conserve energy and remain steely focused on the task ahead.

Roebuck and Turner were both in action at the Aquatic Centre this weekend, with finals late Saturday if they qualified.

Ennis is in Portugal at the Team GB track and field training camp putting the final touches to her preparations for the heptathlon competition, which begins next Friday.

The ceremony had a theme ‘This is for everyone’, which artistic director Danny Boyle described as a “celebration of the creativity, exuberance and, above all, the generosity of the British people”.

Opening with the sound of the largest harmonically-tuned bell in the world, which has a quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest inscribed on it ‘Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises’, the ceremony was a journey through the revolutions in British society - Industrial, social of the 1960s and the current digital revolution.

The British team, led by Sir Chris Hoy, received a rapturous welcome into the Olympic Stadium but minds will have quickly turned to medals and personal best scores as the partying stops and the performing begins.