2012 – Olympic Helpers

Sainsbury’s in Mengham had the honour of hosting a visit by the Paralympic torch last month.

Dozens of people took the chance to hold the torch and take pictures during the two-and-a-half hour visit on August 21st.

Deputy Store Manager Sara London said “It was a fantastic event, with a great turn-out. When the torch arrived, there were already about 30 people queuing up to take part. Lots of local people and holiday makers joined in. The staff helped, to greet people and had their photo taken with the torch as well”

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart and his wife Elaine also paid a visit. Councillor Shimbart said “ Among the people were many young children and it was lovely to see the enthusiasm with which they held the torch while being photographed”

Also waiting to greet everyone outside the store were Islanders Melvyn & Angie de la Riviere who both volunteered to assist with both the 2012 Olympics and as Paralympic gamemakers.

They were expecting to work for the whole 12 days of the Paralympics in the athletics stadium, helping visitors and athletes, and enjoying a glimpse of the events.

Melvyn said “When we heard that the torch was coming to Mengham, we asked if we could come along. It has been great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves”

Melvyn is also an active member of the Hayling Island Businessmens Club, he and Angie are both well known for the Knickers stall they run at the annual summer BBQ at Northney Farm.