Baldock couple perform at Wembley for Rugby League World Cup

Ian Brown and Belinda Gee from Baldock performed at Wembley at the weekend as part of the Games Make

Ian Brown and Belinda Gee from Baldock performed at Wembley at the weekend as part of the Games Maker Choir - Credit: Archant

A couple who were part of last year’s Olympic Games have played their part in this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Husband and wife, Ian Brown and Belinda Gee, from Whitehorse Street in Baldock, sang in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium as part of the Games Maker Choir for Saturday’s semi-finals.

Ian, 59, was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, working on the poolside in the Aquatics Centre, while Belinda, 57, volunteered for the spectator services in The Mall and Horse Guards Parade during the Olympics.

After volunteering during last summer the pair decided to join the Games Maker Choir.

Since then the choir has sung at Help for Heroes’ Hero Ride at Horse Guards Parade and at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the One Year On celebrations.

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The 120-strong choir performed three songs before the semi-finals between New Zealand and England, and Australia and Fiji – as well as singing each of the country’s national anthems.

Ahead of the semi-finals, the couple had to memorise seven national anthems as it was not clear which teams would make it through.

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Ian, who runs IT company Entec Novare Ltd with his wife, said: “We had no words and no music in front of us so we had to learn the whole lot by heart.

“It was wonderful to be back together again in our uniforms. It was an awesome experience, the stadium was packed and as we were walking off the crowd started applauding us, it was really tremendous.”

The couple enjoyed their experience so much they have volunteered for next year’s Commonwealth Games where they will be known as Clydesiders.

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