London 2012 Olympic Games: Letchworth residents involved in ‘out of this world’ ceremonies
A MARRIED couple and a dancer – all from Letchworth GC – have played their part in the greatest show on earth.
Husband and wife Martyn and Lorayne Seaholme, of Bedford Road, were among the thousands of volunteers to take part in Friday’s opening ceremony which had a UK TV viewing audience of almost 30 million.
“Danny Boyle came out and gave us all a talk and said what we were going to do,” said Mr Seaholme, 57, who took part in 24 rehearsals before performing as part of the industrial revolution scene.
“He was very hands-on and if you want to have a chat with him you could. There were times during rehearsals where I was like what am I doing here as it rained and rained and rained but I carried on and it was a fantastic experience on the night. It was out of this world. The atmosphere was buzzing, it was electric.”
Dancer and actress Katie Lambert, also from Letchworth GC, has already performed many times in her role as a performer for the Olympic team welcoming ceremonies.
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The 20-year-old has been welcoming sporting stars from around the world in a series of shows at the Olympic Park dressed as a courtier from Elizabethan times.
Miss Lambert, who received a �500 grant from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation to contribute to her travel expenses, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so grateful to receive the grant to make this all possible. Travelling down to London is very expensive and without funding, I would not have had the money to take part.
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“It’s gone well although the show has been exhausting with some very long days, but the countries have all seemed to really appreciate the welcome we provided. My favourite welcome ceremony was, of course, Great Britain which was quite amazing.”