As the Army stands in for olympic security staff and even missing ticket holders, could the armed services be set for another substitute role?

The Association of Convenience Stores this week issued guidance for its members on a change that means MoD personnel can now use their military ID as proof of age to buy drink (not that they’d ever get squiffy while at their posts).

Perhaps LOCOG is hoping our gallant forces can stand in for London’s elusive legion of supposed binge drinkers during the Games too.