AFTER years of argument and planning, Greenwich Park today witnessed the cross country stage of London 2012 Equestrian Eventing.
On the only day of the Olympics that the entire park was closed, 50,000 spectators watched on from busy vantage points along the course and from inside the temporary arena.
With millions watching on television, the sunny weather played its part to ensure that the venue looked stunning as cable cameras tracked high above Greenwich Park, first enclosed nearly 600 years ago.
It was a good day for Team GB, with three riders - including the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips - completing the ride within the course time of 10m 3s.
The cross country stage follows two days of dressage in the temporary stadium where swathes of empty seats, in common with other venues, were witnessed on TV.
The venue was also hit by a lack of food supplies early within the sessions on Saturday and Sunday with many spectators taking to Twitter complaining they had nothing to eat and couldn't leave the venue and return.
A spokesperson for London 2012 told Greenwich.co.uk that "measures have been taken" in response to the food shortages.