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Soldiers at special Olympics
SOLDIERS from Tidworth were given the prestigious honour of raising the flag for the Special Olympics at the opening ceremony held in Bath.
Six personnel from 4 Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) formed part of the opening ceremony in the Royal Crescent.
The ceremony was attended by more than 7,000 athletes, volunteers and supporters, and there was a special video message from Prime Minister David Cameron. The evening culminated in a performance from Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle.
Warrant Officer 1st Class Verity Bartlett, 44, the Regimental Sergeant Major from Trowbridge, led the party of soldiers.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to be involved with the continuation of the Olympic legacy,” she said. “Everything was rehearsed and went well and the flag is flying high, a real talisman for the athletes for the week ahead.”
The Special Olympics Great Britain offers year round sports training and competition opportunities and is open to all people with learning disabilities.
These games will be the largest disability multisport event this year.
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