A WOMAN from Oakham has described the “incredible” experience of taking part in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on Friday.
Johannah Randall, 42, from Gilmore Close, Oakham, dressed as a nurse and took part in a section that celebrated the founding of the NHS.
She also got the opportunity to meet Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the ceremony which was watched by an estimated 27 million people in the United Kingdom and a worldwide audience of a billion people.
Johannah said: “It’s incredible to think that so many people tuned in to watch something that I was involved in.
“I can’t find the words to describe what it felt like to take part in the ceremony. But it’s an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Johannah, who describes herself as an Olympics fanatic, went through a demanding audition before being selected to appear in the opening ceremony.
Then, along with thousands of other volunteers, Johannah rehearsed for the event, learning a complicated dance routine.
She said: “The rehearsals were tough and at times there was a lot of hanging around.
“But there was a wonderful spirit amongst the volunteers and everyone was driven on by the opportunity to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
She said she was thrilled to meet Danny Boyle.
Johannah, who plans to open a patisserie in Oakham, said: “He was at every rehearsal and went out of his way to encourage volunteers and thank them for their efforts.
“He came across as a genuinely nice man and meeting him was a tremendous thrill.”
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