Olympics live on for helper

Catherine Newton, of Park Road, Kirkham, was an Olympic helper for 2012. She will be helping again when Jessica Ennis visits Silverdell bookshop.

Catherine Newton, of Park Road, Kirkham, was an Olympic helper for 2012. She will be helping again when Jessica Ennis visits Silverdell bookshop.

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THE legend of the Olympics is certainly living on at a coastal bookstore, which is preparing for the country’s star heptathlete to visit next week.

Jessica Ennis will be talking to fans from all over the country at SilverDell in Kirkham on Tuesday.

And while it’s an important guest for the Poulton Street store, the visit is all the more special for Catherine Newton, who is being given the chance to relive her experience as an Olympic helper.

Catherine, 23, was a volunteer first aider for the crowds watching the Olympic volleyball.

Thankfully, she didn’t have much opportunity to practise her medical skills, but Catherine, of Park Road in Kirkham, was voted Volunteer of the Day for keeping the crowds entertained with a set of bongos.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said.

“It was incredible.”

Catherine said she was excited about the Olympic gold medallist’s visit next week.

She added: “Hopefully I’ll get her autograph.”

SilverDell’s owner, Elaine Silverwood, said: “Catherine has been coming in for her ice cream since she was a toddler, so when she asked if she could help out on the day I gave her a big grin and said yes, on one condition – that she as to wear her tracksuit and ‘finger-pointer’.

“It’s really exciting, we’ve got people coming from all over the country. It’s going to be really busy in town.”

Jessica Ennis will be at the store from 5.30pm. Also visiting is Olympic torch bearer Sgt Rick Clements and Weeton Barracks’ mascot Roary the Lion with some soldiers who will be fundraising.