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Boyle’s request: Save the surprise

Over 60,000 lucky people who were given a sneak preview of the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic stadium here have been sworn to secrecy by the organisers.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2012 00:24 IST

Over 60,000 lucky people who were given a sneak preview of the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic stadium here have been sworn to secrecy by the organisers.

Around 62,000 people were lucky enough on Monday to watch a dress rehearsal of the Danny Boyle directed £27 million extravagant Opening Ceremony that will spark London 2012 to life.

Fans invited to the sneak preview in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, were urged personally by the Slumdog Millionaire director to ‘save the surprise’ for the one billion around the world who will watch on Friday night.

Organisers invited London 2012 volunteers, competition winners and others connected to the Games on the proviso that they kept quiet about what they saw, the Daily Mail reported.

The ceremony’s artistic director Danny Boyle addressed the huge crowd and called on them to reveal nothing ahead of Friday’s showpiece by not posting any images on social networks.

However, social media was buzzing on Tuesday with leaks. Spectators tweeted pictures of the event, some with their spare hand covering most of the action.

Organisers have already revealed that the ceremony will feature a recreation of the British countryside, including live farmyard animals.

He showed off a model layout of the set, which features a hill at one end and clouds hanging over it. The theme of the ceremony is "Isles of Wonder", inspired by a passage from Shakespeare's comedy "The Tempest".

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