WHEN so many people struggled unsuccessfully to acquire even one
ticket for the Olympics, this lucky group from
Lincoln diocese obtained no less than 20 to see
the athletics in the Olympic Stadium on 9 August, that included the
exciting final stages of the men's decathlon pole vault.
Fifteen youngsters and five leaders
from the E1W (Everyone Welcome) youth club at St Mary's,
Barton-upon-Humber, had been fund-raising for tickets for two
years, and their dream was realised when the tickets arrived on 23
June. The Associate Priest, the Revd Alan Wright (third from left
in front row), is still not clear how they did it; but, he says,
the adults were as excited as the young people, and there were many
With the help of the Sports Chaplaincy
UK network, they made contact with St John's, Blackheath, and spent
two nights there - a contact that they hope they will be able to
keep up with reciprocal visits, as part of the "Games legacy".
The picture shows the group outside St
John's with their banner, with the Vicar of St John's, the Revd
Peter Farley-Moore, at the back, far right, and the Vicar of
Barton, the Revd David Rowett, at the back, far left.