Matthew and Wendy wow crowds at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics

Matthew Dummigan, who performed at the London Olympics opening ceremony, with his parents Bob and Jan
Matthew Dummigan, who performed at the London Olympics opening ceremony, with his parents Bob and Jan
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A DANCER performed in front of millions of TV viewers at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

Matthew Dummigan, of Church Road, Wittering, decided to audition because he is studying dance at De Montfort University in Leicester.

He went for two auditions in November and was delighted when he found out he had won a spot as a dancer.

Matthew performed in the Frankie and June say Thanks Tim section, a musical medley celebrating the inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee.

Matthew, 20, was watched by his parents Bob and Jan during a dress rehearsal.

He said: “The atmosphere was absolutely amazing, the crowd was going absolutely mad.

“I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to perform in front of the biggest televised audience so I looked out for auditions.”

He said the auditions, which took place firstly at a television studios and then in Dagenham, before moving to the Olympic Stadium.

Matthew, who was a pupil at Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton, said: “The rehearsals were long and there was a lot of early starts.

“I met Danny Boyle during the rehearsals, he was really nice and down to earth. I also made a lot of friends.”

He said it was difficult keeping the details of the opening ceremony a secret but added: “Being able to save the surprise made the show even more amazing.

“Being part of a cast that large, and in such a spectacular show in your home country being shown all around the world is the most incredible feeling. We all hope we represented the nation well and made the people of Great Britain proud.”

Wendy Martin, 39, who lives in Peterborough but is vice-chairman of the Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s, also took part in the opening ceremony as a drummer.

She was featured in the Industrial Revolution section and also played the drums while the athletes paraded.

Wendy said: “I’d never had any experience but I thought I would give it a go. It really was the amazing night of my life.

“When you looked around, there were so many famous faces. I saw Michelle Obama, Stephen Fry, Gary Lineker, Eddie Izzard. It really was incredible.”

She said the highlight of the night was seeing Team GB parade around the Olympic Stadium.

Wendy said: “It was a really emotional moment. It made you feel proud to be British and it just made me so interested in the games.”

Wendy, who also met Danny Boyle and received a signed postcard, will also be performing as a drummer at the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 12, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympics.