Olympic memories last for marching band drummers in Spalding

OLYMPIC MEMORIES: Jim, Cathrine and Tristan Bright of Spalding Marching Ambassadors and who played at London 2012 are to feature in a new documentary about the Olympic Games four years ago.
OLYMPIC MEMORIES: Jim, Cathrine and Tristan Bright of Spalding Marching Ambassadors and who played at London 2012 are to feature in a new documentary about the Olympic Games four years ago.
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Three family members from a Spalding marching band are to relive the parts they played at the London 2012 Olympic Games for a new documentary.

Jim Bright, daughter Cathrine Bright and grandson Tristan Bright, from the Marching Ambassadors of Spalding, were joined by Carol Felts to be interviewed for a BBC TV programme relieving the role played by volunteers during the global sporting spectacular four years ago.

Jim, Cathrine, Tristan, Carol and fellow band member Annabel Newell were all part of Pandemonium Drummers who starred in the memorable opening ceremony for London 2012.

“After the Olympics ended, Pandemonium Drummers have played at various gigs and events, mostly in the London area,” Jim said.

“Then the BBC put out an advert looking for volunteers from London 2012 to contact a team who were putting the documentary together. My grandson Tristan replied to the advert and it all snowballed from there.”

The five band members from Spalding joined almost 1,000 other drummers inside the Olympic Stadium to take part in what was regarded as “one of the biggest live stage set changes in history, all within 15 minutes”, according to Pandemonium Drummers’ own website.

All five were “sworn to secrecy” in the lead-up to the games, both about the opening ceremony itself and the role they were to play in it.

Jim said: “People said that it was one of the best Olympic Games opening ceremonies ever and so, for the documentary, the filmmakers were asking us about how we got involved, how the Marching Ambassadors of Spalding started and how many rehearsals we had for the opening ceremony.

“We told them that at our very first rehearsal, we met film and opening ceremony director Danny Boyle, with almost 1,000 drummers and 2,000 to 3,000 other people there. There was also a model of what the opening ceremony was to look like, with the only downside to it all being that we were sworn to secrecy and we weren’t even allowed to take photographs of it. The filmmakers seemed to latch onto the fact three generations of the same family are in the band. People still mention the Olympics to us in the street and the documentary should be shown on Sunday, July 24.”

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Five members of the Marching Ambassadors of Spalding who took part in the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics are (from left) Cathrine Bright, Annabel Newell, Carol Felts, Tristan and Jim Bright.

Five members of the Marching Ambassadors of Spalding who took part in the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics are (from left) Cathrine Bright, Annabel Newell, Carol Felts, Tristan and Jim Bright.