Olympic venue Dorney Lake closed to public until 2013

Olympic venue Dorney Lake closed to public until 2013

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Amanda Hall

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Olympic venue Dorney Lake closed to public until 2013

The famous 'Dorney roar' has now turned to silence following the end of golden competition at Dorney Lake - and the site will be off-limits to the public until 2013.

After 17 days of Olympic and Paralympic rowing and canoeing events which ended on Sunday, work has already begun to transform the site back to its pre-Games state.

But the Marsh Lane venue will remain closed to the general public until at least the end of the year due to reinstatement work taking 'longer than anticipated'.

The venue's managing director Ivor Lloyd said: "Because of bad ground conditions caused by wet weather during the building process, the reinstatement work is going to take a lot longer.

"Walkers, cyclists and other people who enjoy the site for casual recreational use won't be able to access it until the work has finished and the site is completely safe again."

He added the venue will be open for corporate and some sporting events from September 12, but only certain cordoned-off areas will be in use and access will be by invite only.

More than 250,000 spectators witnessed victory and heartbreak since the Games began at the lake on July 28, including Helen Glover and Heather Stanning scooping Team GB's first gold in the women's pair and an emotional Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter apologising to the nation after narrowly missing out on the lightweight double sculls title.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (right), and Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, were also among the visitors who made famous the 'Dorney roar', a wall of noise created by spectators that echoed throughout the village.

Reinstatement work will involve taking down three grandstands, two 93-metre towers and 280 tents as well as temporary bridges and areas of tarmac.

Swans were released back onto the lake, which is owned by Eton College, on Monday and the iconic Olympic rings which stood on the waterside have already been packed away ready to be shipped off to Rio de Janeiro.

Even the name 'Eton Dorney', which caused controversy amongst villagers, will no longer be used.

But Ivor said he is looking to install a permanent reminder of the Olympic Games and is working with LOCOG to find something suitable.

He added: "People across the world have said these were the greatest Games ever staged and Dorney Lake will always be a part of that legacy."

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