02:51AM, Wednesday 01 August 2012
As the world tuned in to watch the awe-inspiring Olympic opening ceremony a former Windsor schoolboy was in the thick of the spectacle.
Neil Meads was among 10,000 volunteers at the Olympic Stadium - playing a part in the 'Thanks Tim' boy meets girl storyline section.
The former Windsor Boys' School pupil rehearsed every Sunday since March and three to four times every week in the six weeks leading up to the big day.
Dressed in 1980/90s rave gear, his 15-minute section was started by worldwide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, focusing on the impact of social media in modern life.
He said: "It was absolutely brilliant and the atmosphere was incredible and to be part of it was fantastic and a really good experience."
The mind-blowing £27million opening ceremony by film director Danny Boyle drew gasps from the packed 80,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
Now living in London, the 30-year-old economist at the Bank of England said he was shrouded in secrecy about its details since signing up in March.
"It was made very clear we could not divulge anything," he said.
"They monitored Facebook and people that over-stepped the mark were booted out."
Neil said the Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director was hands-on throughout and turned up to most rehearsals, talking personally to volunteers about their roles.
He said: "Danny made it clear there was no way we could match China 2008 for size as we had three months, less people and a smaller budget."
After taking part in the ceremony he and the 1,400 others in his section had a chance to enjoy the experience.
He said: "We mingled with some of the athletes and everyone was trying to mob Usain Bolt - he was really cheery and signing autographs."
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