Monday, 27 July 2009 London Lite Three years and counTing: gianT domino rally kicks off weekend of E Continued from Page 1 Domyour marks,get set...GO! 64% volunteers to help stage the greatest show on Earth. A poll has found that Londoners are resoundingly behind the Games, despite fears that the recession would dampen the sense of optimism. A total of 64 per cent continue to support London hosting the Olympics and 58 per cent believe the Games will deliver lasting regenera- tion of east London. One in five wants to volunteer to be part of the Games. Lord Coe and the Mayor this morning boarded the first high- speed Olympic Javelin train, which whisked them from St Pancras station to the Olympic Park in Stratford in record time. Other passengers on the journey, which took six minutes 45 seconds instead of the estimated seven minutes, included new British world diving champion Tom Daley, 15, and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell. Lord Coe said: In exactly three years, London and the whole of the UK will be getting ready to stage the greatest event on Earth and we will not disappoint. There is a tangible sense of excitement building and a genuine sense of belief that the Games will not only be a source of intense national pride, but that the benefits will be felt for generations to come. Work on the 80,000-seat stadium is three to four months ahead of schedule, while work is progressing on the velodrome and on placing the roof on the aquatics centre. The entire construction project remains within its enlarged 9.3bn budget, while a further 530m in private sponsor- ship has been raised. The Mayor today called for 12,000 volunteers, in addition to the 70,000 needed to assist at the Games, to help visitors get around the capital. Mr Johnson said: These volunteers will be Londons frontline ambassadors. Olympics chiefs will be buoyed by levels of support found in a national poll of 2,000 adults by ukNOW! A total of 51 per cent say the Games will provide a boost to the capital and only 38 per cent believe the event will be a burden on the economy. Pushover: the 15km toppling of the concrete dominoes is started at Mile End Park by Mary Davis, 67, from Ilford 1 ISLE OF DOGS Cutty Sark O2 Arena FINISH Old Royal Naval College START Mile End Park Dominoes board boat at Regents Canal Dominoes cross Thames through Greenwich foot tunnel Thames 1 2 3 4 toppling 8,000 giant dominoes was part of the celebrations this weekend to mark the three-year countdown to the olympics. the concrete blocks ran 15km from Mile End park to the old Royal naval College in greenwich -- with a connecting block on a boat down the thames. it was one of hundreds of special sports and arts events in the capital. Newpollrevealsmajorityof H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html