Dancing check-out worker thrills billions at Olympics

Hailsham's Sarah Jones thrilled billions around the world when she danced as a nurse for the official Olympics ceremony in London.
Hailsham's Sarah Jones thrilled billions around the world when she danced as a nurse for the official Olympics ceremony in London.

A HAILSHAM dancer thrilled billions of people around the world when dressed up as a nurse to dance at the official Olympics opening ceremony in London.

Sarah Jones, aged 32, who now lives in Netherfield, took part in two technical dress rehearsals at the Olympic stadium for 45,000 people on July 23 and then 60,000 on July 25.

But it was the official Olympic ceremony itself on July 27 which saw the check-out girl, who works at Morrisons in Hastings, dance in front of billions.

The big media build-up before the official ceremony made Miss Jones ‘a little nervous, to say the least,’ but she was ‘excited at the same time’.

On the big day, Miss Jones stayed in the holding area in the Olympic park to get her 1940s style hair and make-up done. Miss Jones said: “We had all been rehearsing since April 19 so it was our last day after three months.

“There were lots of photos taken of us.

“We then got into our groups in order backstage. There was so many of us, that was the only way.

“We got backstage and waited for the moment when we were on. I had been chosen for the NHS section in my audition, which came after the Industrial Revolution in the show.”

Finding herself in the middle of the busy action backstage, with ‘lots of people coming and going’, she spotted rower Steve Redgrave and acting legend Kenneth Branagh as well.

She added: “Then our time to shine arrived. Even after all the rehearsals and dress rehearsals I still could not believe I was performing in the opening ceremony.”

The dancer had to move the beds around to form the ‘h’ in the ‘gosh’ letter created in the arena by the performers. Then she reformed in the line-up to be in the ‘S’ of NHS.

She said: “Then we did dancing. I loved the zombie and nurses’ knees-up the best.

“I had no idea JK Rowling or Rowan Atkinson-Mr Bean were going to be there.

“Being in the opening ceremony has been the most amazing experience of my life.

“Unbelievable, I will remember it forever.”

Miss Jones was selected for the ceremony last November 2011 after showing her amazing talents as a dancer and entertainer.

She thanked family and friends for their support including her mum, dad and fiancee Anthony.

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