A SUTTERTON mother and her son have been given a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity after getting their hands on tickets for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Ros Reynolds applied for the tickets along with thousands of other people in the UK last March, but unlike many others, was lucky enough to be chosen to see the launch of the Games.
Mrs Reynolds, who lives with her 10-year-old son Nathaniel, said: “It’s like a one in a million chance, it’s like winning the lottery.
“When I first got the email through I looked at it and thought it was a scam but then the tickets came in the post.
“Now I know it is happening. This is real.”
Ros and Nathaniel will get to see events including the parade of athletes, the Olympic anthem, and other specially-created performances featuring a total cast of 15,000 performers. They will also see the lighting of the iconic Olympic flame.
Nathaniel, who is autistic and attends Gosberton House School, is already excited about going, having previously seen the Olympic stadium as part of a class trip.
Mrs Reynolds said: “We got to see Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and went on the river.
“But this sort of thing only comes around once in a lifetime and I’m hoping he’ll carry it through the rest of his life.”
The pair plan to set off on the train at 9am, even though the ceremony itself doesn’t start until 7.30pm.
They will stay in the capital overnight and then plan to spend the following day seeing the sights, including some of London’s famous museums.
Mrs Reynolds said: “I’ve got extra cameras, twice as many batteries and three times as many chargers. I don’t want to miss a thing.”