Queensmen centre stage at opening ceremony

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Two former students of The Queen’s College, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rowan Atkinson, featured centre stage in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Actor Rowan Atkinson’s famous alter ego Mr Bean was seen playing second keyboard in a rendition of the iconic theme from Chariots of Fire, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Mr Berners-Lee emerged at the end of a long montage celebrating the digital revolution, to which he contributed the creation of hypertext, giving birth to the internet as we know it today.

Mr Atkinson studied an MSc in Electrical Engineering at Queen’s, the same college that his father attended, and was made an honourary fellow in 2006. The world famous actor recently returned to the college to watch the opening of its Shulman Auditorium.

Mr Berners-Lee studied Physics at Queen’s, achieving a first-class degree in 1976. He has a room at the college named in his honour.

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