RNOH staff put on their dancing shoes for Olympic opening ceremony

Craig Binch and Richard Finley

Two RNOH staff members have put their dancing skills into practice as they participated in the London 2012 Olympic Games’ opening ceremony.

Following 15 weeks of rehearsals and 150 hours of training, Craig Binch, discharge and clinical patient pathway lead and Richard Finley, admissions coordinator, were selected for the volunteer NHS segment of the opening ceremony.

Craig Binch said participating in the opening ceremony will be a memory that will stay with him forever.

“It was such a fantastic opportunity and experience,” he said.

“Our part was nicknamed ‘Swing out Sisters’ SOS and we rehearsed through wind, rain and bright sunshine – the gruelling hours were definitely worth every second!

“The dance was a combination of Lindy-hop swing and contemporary dance.

“We were both so proud to represent the RNOH, NHS, London and the UK.

“Behind the scenes the atmosphere was electric, the show was amazing but it was over far too quickly, if you blinked you would have missed us.

“I was dancing next to the bell on what was nicknamed the M25, Richard was on the main field of play in spell out - he was in letter ‘S’ in GOSH and ‘S’ in NHS.

“The after parties finished off a wonderful, epic evening that we will remember for ever.”

Richard concluded: “We had the privilege of meeting Danny Boyle who was a genuinely down to earth and nice person, along with hundreds of great people who will now be lifelong friends.”

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