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Crayford GP volunteers at Paralympic opening ceremony
A CRAYFORD GP says taking part in the Paralympic opening ceremony in front of 80,000 people gave him a "massive buzz".
Dr Ricky Gondhia, who has worked at Crayford Town Surgery, in Crayford Road, Crayford, for more than a year, was encouraged to apply to take part in the historic event by his sister.
He told News Shopper: "It was my sister who applied, she was one of the girls holding a country's team name.
"By chance I went along to an audition and just loved it and got in."
The 33-year-old attended 15 to 20 rehearsals in preparation for the ceremony on August 29.
Dr Gondhia said: "It was difficult to juggle rehearsals but worth it.
"It's something I have never done before and probably will never do again. It's a fun thing to look back on and be a part of."
Dr Gondhia took part in the "enlightenment" section which was opened by Professor Stephen Hawking.
He wore a fluorescent rain coat and danced with an umbrella with around 600 other volunteers.
Dr Gondhia said: "I made lots of mates and had a massive buzz walking out in front of 80,000 people.
"I have no regrets."
The Bexley NHS employee also worked as a GP in Greenwich Park during the Olympics as part of the equestrian team.
He said: "It was really good but I had to take annual leave so that was my holiday for the year.
"There was lots to do, a woman went into labour, there were lots of blisters and people with chest pain."