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PRESS RELEASE: No homing pigeons to be released during the Olympic Opening Ceremony – what would the ancient Greeks say?

THE symbolic release of homing pigeons has been an integral part of Olympic opening ceremonies since ancient Greece – but not so, it would seem, in London 2012.

To make up for London’s oversight, and to keep up a 3,000-year-old tradition, 200 Royal racing pigeons (Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association) are set to be released beside the City of Manchester Stadium, in Eastlands, on the afternoon of July 27