The Olympic Creed, above Wembley Stadium, embodied the spirit of the 1948 Olympics (Getty Images)
There was no Olympic village in 1948. With thousands of Londoners still homeless from World War II, RAF camps, schools and colleges were used for accommodation. (Getty Images)
Competitors were taken to their events by coach. Athletes were also given Olympic IDs so they could travel for free on London's buses, trams and Underground. (Getty Images)
The opening day of the Games saw temperatures reach 34 degrees centigrade, the hottest day in London since 1911. (Getty Images)
Unfortunately temperatures were so high that many of the 7,000 birds used in the opening ceremony perished before the start. (Getty Images)
The heat did not last long - rain began to fall heavily affecting crowd numbers and disrupting the scheduling of events such as gymnastics and athletics. (Getty Images)
Frank Turner, captain of the British Gymnastics Team, modelling the Great Britain Olympic uniform consisting of blazer, beret, white trousers, white shirt and tie.
1948 was the first time the Olympics were broadcast on television. The Games turned out to be so popular that most other programmes were cancelled in favour of daily live coverage. (Getty Images)
The 1948 Olympics saw starting-blocks for sprinters being used for the first time. (Getty Images)
Over 2.5 million tickets were sold for the London Olympic Games in 1948 making them both a financial and social success for post-war London. (Getty Images)
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