LONDON 2012: Children in care given the chance to see opening ceremony

FIVE children in care are getting the experience of a lifetime after receiving tickets to the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

Essex County Council has made the tickets available for children in care and one carer to attend the ceremony this evening (July 27).

Cllr Stephen Castle, cabinet member for the 2012 Games, said: “ECC was able to secure these tickets from the Department of Culture Media and Sport and I was very keen that as many as possible were made available for children in the county.

“This is an exciting time for Essex and giving this opportunity to these remarkable children is something I am very proud of.”

One of the attendees Clive, 18 said: “I’m excited, really looking forward to it, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Just to see it, soak it up and be part of it, and it will be amazing to see all the Olympians.”

Last year the council secured 500 tickets from the DCMS for the Mountain Bike Events at Hadleigh Farm and 40 tickets for other events in the Olympic programme at a cost of �23,150.

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