Greenwich to go Dutch for the Olympic Games
An orange army is set to sweep into Greenwich Peninsula for next year's Olympic Games after plans for a campsite for up to 4,500 fans were unveiled today.
Oranje Camping has become a familiar sight at football tournaments in recent years and the owners are bringing the concept to the borough next July.
Three sites on the peninsula have been earmarked for the Dutch, the largest of which will be next to Millennium Village. It will be a temporary home to between 2,000-2,500 fans.
The announcement was made despite Greenwich Council rejecting four licence applications, including one for the campsite, made by Orange Connections.
The campsite was part of a larger scheme for the area during the Games, which included a series of music concerts and an entertainment area at Delta Beach, both of which were also rejected by the Council yesterday.
However, Cllr John Fahy - cabinet member for Culture and Olympics and - was present at today's announcement. A new licensing application for the sale of alcohol is expected to be submitted.
Oranjecamping owner Jokko de Wit said: "It's been our dream to have the Oranje Camping concept at an Olympic Games and with London being the nearest Games to Holland it's the perfect opportunity.
"We look forward to a warm welcome from Greenwich and we want to show people how friendly Dutch people are."
Accommodation will range from VIP safari-style tents - complete with showers and toilets - to more basic tents for up to eight people.
Groundwork on the largest site, just to the south of Millennium Village is expected to start soon.
Also revealed today were plans for 18 tall ships to be moored on the Thames at Woolwich from July 25 for the duration of the Games.
They will be used for Sail Royal Greenwich, sailing twice a day from Woolwich Arsenal to Tower Bridge and back with onboard hospitality.
Guests, paying between £200-300 each, will enjoy catering from Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan on the cruises. Boats can be hired exclusively for parties of 20 or more.