London 2012 volunteers to be thanked at carol concert

10:44 08 December 2012

Volunteers from the London 2012 Games will be thanked today by the capital’s mayor Boris Johnson.

The Games Makers, Team London Ambassadors, travel ambassadors and other volunteers will attend a carol concert in Trafalgar Square.

An audience of 3,500 volunteers will be treated to a performance by Jonathan and Charlotte, two teenagers from Essex, who performed on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

They will be singing their popular hits including Rule the World and be joined by the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) Concert Choir to sing a selection of traditional Christmas carols.

Mr Johnson has also announced that the his ambassadors will continue to be involved in the life of the capital, with some welcoming visitors arriving at Gatwick over the festive period and others helping shoppers in and around tourist hotspot Piccadilly Circus.

Volunteers, who wore distinctive magenta uniforms during the Games, will also be used as an additional resource to welcome spectators and visitors to occasions such as his annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League Final, Saracens Rugby Club home games, international rugby fixtures, the Sundance Film Festival, Barclays ATP World Tennis Tour Finals, Turkish Airlines Euro League Basketball Finals and other top international events at The O2.

As part of the programme, young unemployed Londoners will also be given the opportunity to volunteer at these events, helping to build their CV’s in their search for work.

Mr Johnson said: “Our fantastic volunteers were one of the great success stories of 2012 and proved to be the beating heart of the Games. It was truly remarkable how people from all walks of life came together to welcome the world to our great city.

“There is no better time to celebrate their contribution with a concert, than in this season of goodwill. I would like to thank all the volunteers and look forward to seeing many of them on London’s streets in 2013.”

Jonathan and Charlotte said: “We are so pleased to be a part of these celebrations. The Olympic Games were an amazing time for London and it is great to be able to thank those people who gave up their free time to make it such a success.”

Lynda Richardson, head of vocal studies at the CYM, said: “The CYM is honoured to play a part in thanking the thousands of Olympic Ambassadors, without whom this summer’s Olympics could not have been such a huge success.”

The concert is a ticketed free event and has been supported by BT, The Mackintosh Foundation and Roar Global.

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