“Gamesmakers”, a poem on London 2012


Where did they come from?

London just went and bubbled up with kindness
And suddenly on every corner you could find them;
Gamesmakers, with smiles the width of the Mall
Paid in nothing but uniforms and the promise of memories.
Yet every day they came,
To several sites for several weeks
And in the end we were envious of they 
Who gave and gave;
Who endlessly welcomed all
Who never stepped into the stadium, even when glory called;
When each athlete leaped, threw or came round
Their final bends, 
They were the cement 
In the wall of sound.


  1. meryl says:

    I love it. I was one of the purple emblazoned gamesmakers, your poem sums us all up.

  2. Alison Pascoe says:

    Great summary of the awesome contribution by the gamesmakers.

  3. sally says:

    Your poem is So true.
    I was one of the many who thought England was not capable of gving a good olympics. How wrong I was.
    Thanks to so many smiling, dedicated people.
    I loved all the high 5’s when we left venues.
    Well done to everyone.

  4. sally says:

    Yor peom is so true.
    well done to everyone
    they put a smile on our faces at every event

  5. Liz says:

    I love this – I too was a Games Maker who is finding it hard to come to terms with fact that no longer gamesmakering at the moment. Going to find ways of being a Games Maker in real life 🙂

  6. Carolyn says:

    Lovely words I was one of the lucky people to be dressed in purple and poppy. We had fun and we appreciate everyones kind words and thanks. I volunteered to part of the Greatest Show on earth and boy it was!

  7. Pam says:

    This is beautiful…thank you 🙂

  8. Lynette Protheroe says:

    Thankyou so much for your truly beautiful poem. I was one of those Purple people, a Gamesmaker based at Excel and I can tell you it was a privilege and a dream come true to help show the world what a fantastic Nation we are. We were just enjoying the experience and helping others to have the most fantastic day of their lives, none of us expected the Love that we have been given by so many strangers, and we would all gladly do it all again! Once again, thankyou from the bottom of my heart.

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