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Olympics ceremony was 'best night of my life' says Cumbrian woman

A woman who had a golden VIP ticket for the 2012 Olympic Games in London opening ceremony says it was the best night of her life.

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Jacqueline Stone and her brother Michael Lee

Jacqueline Stone, of Croglin, near Armathwaite, had a much sought after ticket for Friday’s night’s opening spectacle which featured the Queen, Mr Bean and David Beckham in a speedboat.

Entitled Isles of Wonder, the opening ceremony was devised by Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle with the aim of celebrating all things British and charting the nation’s history.

It started with the ringing of a giant bell by cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, who the previous weekend became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Jacqueline, 42, said: “I was honoured to be there and proud to be British. The ceremony showed the world everything that was good about our nation – the people, the music and the NHS.

“The whole place just rocked.”

Personal highlights for Jacqueline included the moment Sir Steve Redgrave brought the flame into the stadium.

She said: “On Friday night the whole of the UK was united as a nation and to be there and be part of that for me was just incredible.”

Jacqueline was invited to go down to the ceremony by her brother, Michael Lee, after he won one of just 15 pairs of tickets being dished out by the National Lottery.

“We were sitting 12 rows from the front, quite close to the bell so we got to see Paul McCartney close up.

“The whole night was just awesome and celebrated everything that is good about our country – topped off with some British humour.

“We stayed in a hotel overnight but didn’t get back until about 2am. It was so well organised and everyone was glued to their seats.

“It was brilliant to see the athletes and even those from the poorest countries who still managed to send a representative. It brought the world together,”

A visit of the torch to Stainburn School and Science College in Workington featured on a BBC montage of the torch relay around the country on Friday night.

Alison Phillips, international links co-ordinator at the school, said: “Each of our 39 registration groups made a banner, to represent different host cities.

“These were used to line the route of the torch up the school drive and around the athletics track that the torch bearer ran around.”


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