AS millions tune in tonight to watch history unfold at the launch of the London Olympics, one resident shares his golden experience of a former games glory.
Roy Wilson remembers the ‘thrill’ of running on to the pitch to the roaring crowds of Wembley Stadium when he competed in a lacrosse demonstration game during the 1948 Olympics.
He says: “It was the most exciting day of my life. You’re all tense and strained at the start but it was a fantastic feeling.”
Aged 26 and a keen lacrosse player at school, he was one of a privileged few to be selected to play in the All England team against the TH Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – a member team of the United States Inter Collegiate Lacrosse Association – for the first post-war games in London.
Mr Wilson, of Great Barton, who celebrated his 90th birthday this week, remembers: “I was small and my American opposite number was 6ft tall.
“Play started at 1.15pm dead on because it was all geared up for the athletics at 3pm. The Americans had beaten us everytime. We played better than we ever had and held our own.
“We ended up five all. We were five to four up until five minutes before the end. I scored one of the five goals.”
The former civil engineeer, who has worked around the world including Malta, Cologne and Cyprus, has a strong sporting spirit and refereed the Bury St Edmunds Junior Tennis Tournament for more than 20 years.
He has also been a member of the Tuesday Probus Club in Bury since 1982.
Mr Wilson is looking forward to the highly anticipated London 2012 games.
He smiles: “Just like everybody else but it will bring back memories because of my connection.”