• It cannot get any bigger than that. As volunteer performers, we trained hard to deliver the greatest show on earth and turn Danny Boyle's vision into reality. And we did.

    I was a drummer in the Pandemonium segment, which turned the Green and Pleasant Land into an industrial landscape, displaying the Industrial Revolution with all its transformative power.

    My drum was a long bass bin, a decorated version of Sankey's 80-litre dustbins, played with tennis-ball-topped sticks.

    I was also an Athlete's Marshal during the Athlete's Parade, ending up as one of the lucky few who were guarding the iconic Cauldron when it was lit. I can vividly remember the hiss of the gas pipes and the heat of the flames.