An opening ceremony to make us proud

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information.  Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
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What pride we had in the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

I only noted one thing missing - there was no village idiot in the scene of the traditional British countryside of centuries ago.

Step forward Mr Aidan Burley MP, previously totally unheard of, but now the only critic of the brilliant opening ceremony. He should have applied for the role a few months ago.

On Wednesday I was able to sort out tickets for pupils from Ramsden Primary School in Carlton in Lindrick to attend the handball in the Olympic Park, opening the opportunity to get young people from our area into the Olympic Games.

A few others from Bassetlaw are coming to Sunday’s marathon and onto the Olympic Park. This is thanks to the StreetGames charity that have made sure that some of our youths have been able to participate and I intend to continue promoting StreetGames nationally as the bridge to young people not involved in sport.

I interviewed Darren Gough, the cricketer and TV dance star at a big StreetGames event recently and assisted their other ambassadors who include former Wimbledon tennis player John Feaver and athlete Diane Modahl at a London fundraising event.

I hope that StreetGames will agree to run a fundraiser for community sports clubs in Bassetlaw in the next year.

One project that StreetGames previously assisted us with in this area was the investment into Manton Club, which is now a hive of activity, especially through football and athletics. What a contrast to a few years ago when most days all you saw were occasional dog walkers.

It shows what can be done in this area, especially when we have first class facilities and the numbers of kids playing sport on the field is a delight to see.

It would be even better if we could entice their parents into activity whilst their kids are training or playing.

We also triumphed over the year with the Bassetlaw Games, which included a multiplicity of sports activities, including introducing several new sports to the area and Peter Fendley and Worksop Harriers’ marvellously organised the Bassetlaw torch relay giving every single school a piece of the Olympic action.

We need to act quickly now to ensure that Bassetlaw is a gold medal winner in developing real Olympic sports legacy.

The fight to keep our ambulance stations open continues and I have now got a petition on my website for people to complete.

You can support the petition by going on www.johnmannmp.com Paper copies will also be available for people without internet access.