28/07/2012 00:17 BST | Updated 26/09/2012 10:12 BST

Olympic Fever: London Calls for Your Generation

It had to be different, and it was. In order to match the success of Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games, we needed to think outside the box for something extra special in 2012. That something came in the form of director Danny Boyle, the mastermind behind the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony which was staged in London's East End last night. If I had to sum it up in one word, original comes to mind. Perhaps you remember the panic and chaos of the Industrial Revolution, or maybe you can relate to the magic of children's literature, when J.M. Barrie led you down the road to Neverland. Either way, somewhere within London's Olympic opening ceremony, we all heard or saw a small part of our generation on display.

Recognition for our troops, a tribute to the NHS, and a performance by Mr Bean were just some of the highlights from a night of extraordinary talent. The audience played their part by dancing along to the best to British music, and the kids were even more enthused to be part of something very special in their lifetime. Under the care of Mary Poppins, a young child looked straight down the camera to the world with a look of pure excitement, a feeling that you can only truly feel at such a tender age. It was heart-warming to see such an array of emotions present throughout the ceremony, and these will surely continue throughout the next stages of the 2012 Olympic Games. The best kept secret of who would light the Olympic flame was given away by the sight of David Beckham speeding along the River Thames, a credible choice given his sportsmanship and commitment to London's initial bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. All in all, there was something for everyone in London's Olympic opening ceremony, and it certainly made me proud to be British. Let the games commence...