Olympic dreams come true for TA soldiers

Paralympics: South Yorkshire TA Private Karl Brough, from Doncaster - one of 3,500 military personnel who worked as part of the police and civilian-led security force during the Games.
Paralympics: South Yorkshire TA Private Karl Brough, from Doncaster - one of 3,500 military personnel who worked as part of the police and civilian-led security force during the Games.
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SEARCHING rower Sir Steve Redgrave’s car boot and discovering his gold medals was just one of the highlights for a South Yorkshire TA soldier who volunteered his services at the Olympic Games.

Staff Sergeant Ron Lewis, from Aston, and Private Karl Brough, from Doncaster, were among 3,500 military personnel, who gave up their time to provide security at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Paralympics: South Yorkshire TA Sgt Ron Lewis - one of 3,500 military personnel who worked as part of the police and civilian-led security force during the Games.

Paralympics: South Yorkshire TA Sgt Ron Lewis - one of 3,500 military personnel who worked as part of the police and civilian-led security force during the Games.

The pair met several famous faces including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Paul McCartney and singer George Michael.

Ron, 49, said: “We worked on vehicle search lanes and got all the athletes and celebrities coming through. We had Paul McCartney and George Michael coming through for the Opening Ceremony.

“One day Steve Redgrave turned up and we had to search his car. I opened a box in the boot and his five gold medals were just lying there in front of me.

“I volunteered because I wanted to do another tour and something different to the operations I’ve done before. It was great to have the opportunity to serve my country at home and the way the fans responded to us was fantastic.”

Karl, 23, a former pupil at Ridgewood Engineering College, Scawsby, Doncaster, said: “The experience has been really enjoyable. As well as working, I’ve seen a lot of sport and met many interesting people from all over the world. Everyone’s so friendly and always saying thank you.”

Ron added: “I was in the velodrome when Sir Chris Hoy won a gold medal, and the atmosphere was just electric.”

Both men are members of 150 Transport Regiment, based at Scarborough Barracks, in Balby, Doncaster.

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