London 2012: Proud to represent Newham

A property worker in Stratford has spoken this week of his roaring good time on stage with The Who in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Steve Lillistone, area director for Bairstow Eves Countrywide Land & New Homes, at The Grove in Stratford, zipped around the Olympic Stadium last Sunday night in his beloved 1962 Lambretta Ll150 Series 3 scooter.

Joining other members of the well-know A12 Scooter Club, Steve has been sworn to secrecy about his role in the global event but now he is able to share his excitement with everyone.

Steve, who has worked in north and east London for 20 years, said: “Taking part in the Closing Ceremony was up there as one of the best experiences of my life.

“Hearing the crowd’s reception and the roar of the audience as we sped out onto the stage is something I will never forget.

“I feel an immense sense of pride that I was able to represent east London and experience that.

“We returned to the stage as The Who played which topped off the night in fantastic fashion and I remember standing there just soaking up the atmosphere, which is something I will be boring my colleagues and developer clients with for weeks to come.”

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The Recorder also caught up with Josie Coaster, the fibromyalgia sufferer from East Ham who drummed in the Opening Ceremony, to see whether her Closing Ceremony experience lived up to expectations.

She said: “Words can’t sum up for me the pride and the joy in my heart I have of the enjoyment of seeing our nation put on a Games that will go down in history for its historic medal win, its hospitality, and its goodwill.

“But what we all will remember the volunteers who made it so spectacular for all and I was one of them!

“Oh and I got a picture of me and an Asian dancer who performed - another from East Ham - we did a bit of cheering ‘East East East’ and had a hug, a moment of pride as we represented Newham!”