Mother and daughter’s Olympic ceremony joy

Margaret and Josie Sparkes are taking part in the Olympic closing ceremony and the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.
Margaret and Josie Sparkes are taking part in the Olympic closing ceremony and the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.
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A MOTHER and daughter from Norton are appearing in the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies - after putting it on a ‘bucket list’.

Margaret Sparkes, 50, and daughter Josie, 24, both from Norton, were disappointed when they missed out on Olympic tickets.

Margaret had created a list of 100 activities she wanted to do before she died, and seeing an Olympic ceremony was high on the list. But determined Margaret, a school librarian at Ixworth Middle School, didn’t take no for an answer and quickly applied for Josie and herself to be part of the ceremonies instead.

After a long and nervous wait, Josie, a dancer and zumba teacher, received a call saying she would be dancing in he closing ceremony of the Olympic games and that Margaret would feature in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympic games.

Margaret said: “I saw on the website after I found out I didn’t have tickets that you could apply to be in it. Josie said ‘look Mum, you don’t even have to have any talent so you can enter it too’. We went up to London and had our auditions together, we had a fantastic time.”

Josie said she was delighted to get the call, after a long and nerve-wracking wait.

She said: “I ended up waiting for two and a half months but was over the moon when I got the call. I have had three rehearsals so far and have another 10 to go. I can’t say what I am doing though as I have been sworn to secrecy - it’s all very hush hush.”

Josie is currently raising money to refurbish Norton Village Hall, donating all proceeds from her zumba class on Wednesday to the fund. For more information contact josie@dancingsparkes.co.uk