A librarian from Oakley was thrilled to take part in the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday night.
Nichole Anderson, 25, who works for a college library in London, appeared on the closing night of the games as a dancer dressed in newsprint and then in red.
Her big role saw her dancing as a backdrop to performances by Madness, One Direction, The Pet Shop Boys and Ray Davies in the opening moments of the ceremony.
She said: “It was really great to take part, it was an amazing experience and something that will never happen again in my lifetime.
“To leave at the end of it after doing 100 hours of training with the same people was also quite emotional.”
Nichole (far left in the picture) saw an advertisement online last November and decided the enter despite the closing date having already passed. But just a day later she received an email from ceremony chiefs inviting her to take part in an audition.
She said: “I didn’t tell my family at first but they love that I have taken part. I was getting messages from my mum all day saying she had a bottle of champagne and that it was on ice waiting for it to start.
“I got a lot of texts saying they had spotted me behind One Direction and things like that.”
As well as taking part in the historic ceremony Nichole also got to rub shoulders with the stars on the night.
She said: “I got to meet One Direction because they came to a rehearsal and I bumped into Niall there, and at the stadium I bumped into Louis and Liam and had a chat with them as well.
“Before the ceremony we were held right next to where all the celebrities were, I saw the Beckhams, The Spice Girls, Liam Gallagher and Tinie Tempah.”
As well as joining in the action for herself Nichole, who attended Sharnbrook Upper School, is also a big fan of the Olympics.
She said: “As soon as it started I was constantly having different computers on at work with different sporting events because I didn’t want to miss a thing.
“I did like watching Tom Daley and I went to watch final of the women’s football at Wembley Stadium.”
Single dad Derek Moore found a novel way to celebrate his 50th birthday year, by dressing as a turquoise policemen at the Olympics closing ceremony.
Mr Moore, who lives in Marston Moretaine, appeared in opening scenes of the ceremony in the colourful outfit, after answering an advert looking for ‘men with rhythm.’
He said: “When I watched the Beijing Olympic ceremonies I thought I’d like to do something like that.
“The advert said they were looking for men with rhythm and I turned 50 this year so wanted to do something special.”
He added: “The crowd is what I really remember, they were dancing and singing along and after Ray Davies performed we left the stadium through the crowd and everyone was high fiving us, it was a really great feeling.”
Two years ago Derek, who works from home, took up Zumba classes as a way to keep fit and socialise.
He said: “I started doing it to try and keep fit and socialise a bit more and it has led to this.
“All the musical acts were at the dress rehearsal on the Monday beforehand so we got to meet them, it really was the experience of a lifetime.”
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