Olympic ceremony role for Cornard man

THE WHEEL DEAL: Warren Brown, left, and Gordon McAnespie, from Sudbury Scooter Club, where chosen to take part in the closing ceremony of the Olympics.
THE WHEEL DEAL: Warren Brown, left, and Gordon McAnespie, from Sudbury Scooter Club, where chosen to take part in the closing ceremony of the Olympics.
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A SCOOTER-loopy man from Great Cornard has described his joy at being involved in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Warren Brown, from Mallard Way, joined fellow Sudbury Scooter Club member Gordon McAnespie, from Braintree, and 50 scooter riders from clubs across the country in front of a global audience of hundreds of millions last Sunday.

The pair were chosen from more than 2,000 applicants to help carry Kaiser Chiefs’ lead singer Ricky Wilson out to perform a cover version of The Who’s classic Pinball Wizard.

“It was absolutely mindblowing,” said Warren, 47, who has ridden a scooter for more than 30 years. “I have been involved in lots of wonderful things but this is by far the biggest and best event I have ever done.”

Warren very nearly missed out on the chance of a lifetime after receiving an email from ceremony producer Danny Boyle’s researchers six months ago.

“I thought it was a wind-up from a friend,” he said. “I declined the offer but they replied saying it would be a great shame to miss out so I thought ‘Oh, hang on a minute’.”

Several months of top-secret rehearsals in Dagenham followed, culminating in Sudbury Scooter Club’s moment in the spotlight.

“We were walking around the stadium and all of a sudden you’d see David Beckham, members of the Spice Girls, Norman Cook or Russell Brand giving interviews,” said Warren.

Although he helped to mark the closing of the Olympics, Warren’s involvement with London’s momentous sporting year is far from over.

“My nephew is the paralympian athlete Jonathan Adams, so we are all going to watch him on September 4,” he said. “The whole of Sudbury Scooter Club are behind him and wishing him all the best.”

q For more on Jonathan’s Paralympic bid, turn to Page 55.