Three London Ambulance Service workers performed at the Olympic opening ceremony last night with one 999 call taker describing the experience as ‘exhilarating and magical’.
Emergency medical dispatchers, Meryn Crocker-London and Robert Walsh, along with A&E support worker Sean Fullerton, all had roles in the opening ceremony – watched by millions world-wide.
Meryn, who played a 1940s NHS nurse, said the once in a lifetime experience was ‘amazing – an exhilarating and magical experience’ and described the atmosphere as ‘electric’.
She said: “It’s a wonderful feeling when you are performing and you hear their roars of appreciation and the audience clapping when they love your performance.”
Robert, who performed as a miner in the Industrial Revolution part of the ceremony, said the atmosphere was ‘fabulous’.
He said: “I was part of history and felt really proud showing the world what we have done and what we can achieve. I will be on a high for quite a while.”
While A&E support worker, Sean Fullerton, said he felt like a rock star: “Playing in front of that audience as one of a thousand drummers makes you feel like Mick Jagger. It was an amazing night – a cross between a great party and a concert.
“I can now boast I have shared a stage with both Paul McCartney and the Arctic Monkeys.”
Ambulance staff also had lots of praise for director, Danny Boyle. Robert said: “He is an amazing man. He singled me out during rehearsals after I had to have a back operation and thanked me for my effort in still coming in to rehearse, which meant a lot.
“He was great to work with and made it a great show, as he was involved in every aspect, and always made sure all us volunteers knew where the hot drinks were and a had a poncho if it rained.”
All the performers will keep their costumes as a souvenir of the occasion. Meryn said: “I’m not sure what I’ll do with it – maybe wear it to a fancy dress party. It’s a great memento of our time spent.
“It has been amazing to be involved in the opening ceremony and to be a part of something that is so big.”
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