London Footsteps

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When London succeeded in winning the 2012 Olympic bid, the prospect of turning a derelict and overgrown part of East London into a 21st century sports city presented a real challenge.   The photographs I took on a cycle ride round the site a few weeks later revealed a wilderness of overgrown land, canals and rivers clogged with rubbish, dozens of small factories and workshops and, surprisingly, quiet areas of greenery where nature had taken over.  This picture is typical of what it looked like seven years ago.  Now it has been transformed and with only weeks to go before the grand opening, Stratford is ready to receive millions of visitors and thousands of sportsmen and women.