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Saturday, August 18, 2012
A couple in their 70s who did their bit for the Olympics by volunteering as Games Makers have described the experience as “wonderful”.
Grandfather-of-six Gerry Seridan, 79 and wife Joan, 75, spent five days in Victoria Park, Hackney.
Retired cab driver Gerry said: “It was wonderful. I have never seen so many happy faces which is rare to see in London.”
Gerry, of Brunswick Gardens, Hainault, went to the 1948 Games as a schoolboy and said he wanted to be involved this year.
“We had such a good day, I saw the marathon and athletics in 1948 so thought I would volunteer for this one. It won’t come back to this country in my lifetime that’s for sure.”
The couple were given tickets to the first rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony along with 60,000 other people.
His wife Joan, 75 who will be a torchbearer for the Paralympics Torch relay, said: “There was such a terrific build up. It’s be so wonderful, I didn’t want it to end.”