Burnley musician stars in Olympic ceremony

TALENT: Rebekah Fielding-Haynes who is to perform at the Olympics
TALENT: Rebekah Fielding-Haynes who is to perform at the Olympics

A TALENTED musician from Burnley has said she is over-the-moon to be performing in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

Rebekah Fielding-Haynes (29), who is currently a senior community worker for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, applied for a role in London 2012 about six months ago.

After going for an interview, she was told of her success in January, and began rehearsals as a drummer and marshal in May.

The opening ceremony takes place today (Friday) and the closing ceremony will be held on August 12th. Among those who have already been treated to a special preview of the opening spectacle is Rebekah’s boyfriend, Paul Cutting, who also lives in London.

She has made many friends during her experience, and even got the opportunity to meet director Danny Boyle, who she said has been at the majority of the rehearsals.

Rebekah, a former pupil of Gawthorpe High School, said: “I’m ecstatic. I’m so excited about the opening ceremony.

“The rehearsals have been fantastic.

“I got to perform in front of 60,000 people at the dress rehearsal, which took place in the Olympic stadium. People from the local area came to watch.

“I’ve made loads of friends, and there are a few people from the North. I am very nervous, but I’m looking forward to it as well.”

Back in Burnley, members of Rebekah’s family are all preparing for the big event, and will be gathering at her Auntie Julie’s and Uncle Lee’s home to watch it.

And with 10 years of musical experience, and a host of her own songs, already under her belt, it is almost certain that it will not be the last time that Rebekah, who specialises in R&B music, will be attracting a television audience.

Her mum, Kathryn Fielding (53), of Allerton Drive, said: “What can I say? I am just so proud, proud, proud.”

And her grandma, Peggy Fielding (77), of Padiham Road, said: “I am so proud of her. She’s worked very hard.”