Havering residents star in Olympic closing ceremony
Romford singer Jessie J was not the only person flying the flag for Havering at the Olympic closing ceremony.
Three lucky Havering residents- Ashley Wright and sisters Sonia and Heenal Raichura took part in the final of the greatest show on earth on Sunday August 12.
The three hour extravaganza saw 10,000 athletes forming a mosh pit to watch the curtain coming down on the London 2012 Olympic Games.
There were also performances from Jessie J, The Spice Girls, George Michael, Emeli Sande and a host of other celebrities.
Kicking off the party was Collier Row’s Ashley Wright, 22.
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Dressed in a suit made of newspapers, the university student was one of the first people on the stage taking part in the rush hour scene.
He said: “I am studying computer science at University so I am not naturally a dancer and it was my first dancing experience.
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“It was different, but it was so incredible.”
Other residents performing in the Olympic closing ceremony included insurance worker Sonia, 29 from Frederick Road, Rainham who was one of the marshals for the athletes.
She was lucky enough to take part in the opening ceremony and this time around she was dressed in a blue suit with a light bulb on her head.
She said: “It was amazing, I was standing right next to Team GB and the other athletes from France and Russia.
“It was just a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is something that I will be able to tell my grandchildren about.”
Her sister, Heenal, 26 also from Frederick Road, Rainham, who works as a doctor at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel had the important role of keeping the audience going.
From her prime location, she was able to rub shoulders with celebrities including One Direction’s Harry Styles, Spice Girls’ Mel C and Gerri Halliwell.
Sonia said: “Heenal absolutely loved it.
“She got to see the whole ceremony from start to finish and where she was standing was right next to the Royal box, so she had the perfect view.”
The sisters, who admit that they are not sporty, applied to take part in the closing ceremony last year.
Sonia said: “It was the best thing that we did, we both enjoyed every minute of it.”