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HONOURED Helen Hosking
HONOURED Helen Hosking
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MORRIS dancer Helen Hosking is still on cloud nine after performing in both the opening and closing ceremonies for London 2012.

Helen, 61, of Hunters Ride, Waterlooville, was one of 1,000 drummers in the Industrial Revolution section of the Olympics opening ceremony.

She drummed on top of an upturned plastic bucket with drumsticks as part of the show which explored Britain’s history.

Helen, who has been morris dancing since the age of 29 and is member of Alton Morris, said: ‘The auditions were quite tough, and not everyone got through. I think it was my sense of rhythm from the morris dancing that got me through.’

The admin worker also appeared in the closing ceremony as one of the marshals, wearing blue and a light bulb on the top of a bowler hat.

‘The opening ceremony was magical and the closing ceremony was like one big party,’ Helen added.

‘Everyone was so happy and cheering and on a high – it was incredible.

‘It was amazing to be part of something like that, I’m so pleased I did it.

‘I can’t wait to watch it on the TV now.’