Simon flies the flag

A Morpeth man helped fly the flag for Team GB during their Welcoming Ceremony at the Olympic Athletes Village, London. ''As hundreds of athletes and staff looked on, Royal Air Force Sergeant Simon Waldock and a team of RAF personnel raised the red, white and blue British colours and hoisted the Olympic flag.
A Morpeth man helped fly the flag for Team GB during their Welcoming Ceremony at the Olympic Athletes Village, London. ''As hundreds of athletes and staff looked on, Royal Air Force Sergeant Simon Waldock and a team of RAF personnel raised the red, white and blue British colours and hoisted the Olympic flag.
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A MORPETH RAF officer helped fly the flag for Team GB during their welcoming ceremony at the Olympic Athletes’ Village in east London.

Hundreds of athletes and staff looked on as Sergeant Simon Waldock and a team of RAF personnel raised the red, white and blue British colours and hoisted the Olympic flag.

The ceremony, which was led by shadow Olympics Minister Dame Tessa Jowell and included entertainment from the UK National Youth Theatre, marked Team GB’s official entry to the Village on July 24.

Sgt Waldock said: “My four-year-old son Joseph thinks I am an athlete, he is watching out for me on TV.

“I just wanted to be a part of the Games, and to raise the flag for Team GB is an absolute honour.

“The Olympic Village has a real buzzy atmosphere and the athletes from around the world are very friendly.

“Working and travelling in uniform means that people stop and ask you what you are doing and it is nice to be recognised for our efforts.”

The 37-year-old intelligence analyst, who received a commendation from the United States Marine Corps for his work with the RAF’s intelligence and reconnaissance aircraft in Afghanistan last year, will be taking part in several ceremonies over the next two weeks.

“Our next job will be to raise the flag during the Victory Ceremony for the Table Tennis event at the Excel Arena,” he said. “I can’t wait.”

The RAF has 70 volunteers working as flag raisers and medal presenters during the Games, with a small team also involved in the opening and closing ceremonies.