Lewisham's people and 2012 games

Lewisham and the Torch Relay

Jay Osergby, the designer of the Olympic and Paralympic Torch was from Brockley. He was chosen from thousands to design and make both torches, which travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain prior to the start of the Games.

A week before the Games started the Torch came to Lewisham. 29 torchbearers took the Torch from the Laban in Deptford to the Bromley border in 300m stints on Monday 23rd July. The torchbearers included Doreen Lawrence, campaigner and mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, Marcel Jenkins, treasurer of the Friends of Blythe Hill and organiser of the Blythe Hill Festival, charity volunteer John Graddon, Daniel Gee, a Lewisham Young Carer, who also cares for members of his own family and 16-year-old Kieran Lang, the Young Mayor of Lewisham.

The Opening Ceremony

Jasmine Breinburg, 18, from Deptford's Crossfield Estate, participated in the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27th July. She played the part of a young girl who loses her phone on a night out and is tracked down by a love-struck man in Danny Boyle's modern musical sequence. There was a lot of coverage and you can read more at The Telegraph, EastLondonLines, NewsShopper, Brockley Central and Crosswhatfields? blog.

12-year-old Humphrey Keeper from Forest Hill performed the solo of the first verse of Jerusalem. Humphrey attends St William of York primary and was was joined at the ceremony by nine other performers from the Forest Hill-based primary school. You can read more at NewsShopper, The London Evening Standard and The Daily Mail.

9 young musicians from Lewisham aged 10–17 performed alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra in the opening ceremony. The orchestra played an arrangement of Elgar’s Nimrod by Gareth Glyn, followed by And I Will Kiss, a new piece by Rick Smith, Music Director of the Opening Ceremony. The 9 musicians are participants in LSO On Track, an education programme launched in 2008 in partnership with Lewisham and selected London boroughs. The programme provides a platform for young musicians to develop their instrumental skills and play side-by-side with professionals from the orchestra. You can read more at Lewisham Council

The Closing Ceremony

Sharmina Harrower, a 19-year-old model from Sydenham appeared in the scene with Eric Idle as one of the angels.

The Blackheath Morris also appeared with Eric Idle for a rendition of 'Always look on the bright side of life'. They are a local traditional Morris group. You can find out more about them on their website - Blackheath Morris Men

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