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Exclusive: Olympic Games costumes up for grabs at Liverpool Oxfam

Secret sale and chance to own a bit of London 2012 history

Written by . Published on September 10th 2012.

Exclusive: Olympic Games costumes up for grabs at Liverpool Oxfam

COSTUMES from London’s 2012 Olympics opening ceremony are being sold off at a Liverpool charity shop in a “secret sale”.

Bold Street’s Oxfam is inviting passers-by to “own a part of Olympic history” for as little as £19.99 as the great Olympics clear-up gets under way.

Nurse, the screens...Nurse, the screens:
Actor Mike Neary
wanders by as we are
fumbling with our camera
Distinctive blue and white nurses’ outfits, jumpsuits and peasant clothes, recognisable from some of the most memorable scenes in Hollywood director Danny Boyle’s £27m extravaganza, have already been snapped up by eager customers and collectors.

The authentic clothing is part of a consignment which has made its way into 12 Oxfam stores in the UK, Liverpool Confidential understands, after London 2012 organisers decided to do their bit for charity.

The items all bear tags declaring: "And the winner is...you. This item was used as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games."

But despite this, and window posters advertising the cargo, staff at the Liverpool branch remained tight-lipped.

“There’s a press black-out on the story,” Liverpool Confidential was told at the weekend when we visited. We were also encouraged not to take any pictures inside the store. 

However, a shop volunteer had earlier been more forthcoming. He revealed that dozens of costumes, including a David Bowie outfit, had been flying off the rails since they arrived in Liverpool a week ago. “Well, it’s Halloween soon, isn’t it?”

The move follows criticism of some opening ceremony performer-volunteers who put similar memorabilia up for sale on eBay, with starting bids at  £5,000, when Olympic fever was at its height back in July.  

A previous row erupted when torches used in the nationwide relay in the run-up to the Games, featured on the auction site with price tags of up to £150,000.

Olympics 2012 Costumes 1

Around 7,500  people took part  in the widely acclaimed event whose script was penned by Liverpool’s Frank Cottrell Boyce and included  glittering homages to the Industrial Revolution and the NHS.

Participants were allowed to keep their costumes after the event which attracted 27 million TV viewers.

As seen on TVAs seen on TVOxfam HQ had no comment to make other than to suggest we take up our queries with the store manager again.

Meanwhile, London 2012 organisers also appeared unprepared to shed any further light.

“Costumes from the Ceremonies that were personal to the adult volunteer performers, who gave up so much of their time, were given to them," said a spokesperson. “We’re happy that they go to a good home.”

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

PerformerMarch 23rd 2013.

many ceremonies volunteer performers were not allowed to come away with their costumes. a lot of us are still volunteering and helping keep the spirit of the games alive, but without our costumes, and constantly being mistreated and told by LOCOG that we didn't matter, a lot of us are very despondent and disappointed in how we have been treated post games. we are more than happy to pay charities for our costumes (which were made to size for us) but at the moment LOCOG are refusing to help

AnonymousMarch 23rd 2013.

You poor dear, have a lie down and a biscuit

What did you expect, some sort of enduring special treatment for VOLUNTEERING??

PerformerMarch 23rd 2013.

all i ask is to be treated with the same repect as other official volunteer groups, not subjected to lies and smears from our representatives, locog

AnonymousMarch 23rd 2013.

Derek Moore, Derek Moore,
riding through the glen
Subject to lies and smears,
by the Olympic men
Never assume,
you can keep your costume
Dear or dear,
and him a volunteer
Dry that tear........

But he's right in a way, miserable sods should have let them keep the outfits if they wanted.

AnonymousMarch 23rd 2013.

out of interest many performers gave their costumes to charity and these have appeared in numerous Oxfam shops ever since the games ended. understandably this has been kept low-key, partly i suspect to stop those simply wanting to make a quick profit, and i do wonder how many of the (very small) number of outfits that ended up on ebay were indeed obtained via charity shops and sold on. the others kept them as family keepsakes and others, myself included, to try and keep the wonderful spirit of the games alive in these tough times. we are all proud to have taken part and expect nothing in return

AnonymousMarch 23rd 2013.

lmao Nooo... that song plagued me for years at school! Yes I did get to keep my costume, but know of others who didnt... and have only just realised the date of the original article. sorry if I ranted a little (button told me to lol) but it is very frustrating sometimes as we want to help out but LOCOG won't pass our details on or include us like they do the Games Makers. Sorry for any upset

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AnonymousMarch 23rd 2013.

The sad truth is that like the costumes, these things are often stitched up between organisations and the ordinary person ignored. And as the "legacy" is in the news, your rant is timely. We are after all living in reverse Sherwood. Robbing the poor to gove to the rich.

PerformerMarch 23rd 2013.

Thankfully Danny Boyle was on board, got so much respect for him

Absinthe & TurksMarch 23rd 2013.

It seems stingey not giving away the costumes to selfless volunteers when taxpayers, including the volunteers, are being forced to foot the £120m bill to convert the Olympic stadium into one fit for another bunch of football millionaires to kick a ball around in.

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