Sixteen people who volunteer for Windsor and Maidenhead's council services will be part of sporting history when they take their seats at the 2012 Games at Dorney Lake.
Two more will be in the audience for the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium in London.
They are the winners of the Royal Borough’s free Big Society draw for Olympic tickets, open to everyone who volunteers for council services such as libraries, the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum, Adopt-a-Street, Care Bank and schools.
The council had 42 tickets available and decided the best way of using them was to pay tribute to its volunteers.
More than 200 entered the draw and the winning names were drawn by borough Mayor, Cllr Colin Rayner.
Winner of two tickets to the opening ceremony is Jackie Kitchen, of Maidenhead, who is a governor at All Saints’ Primary School in Maidenhead. She said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I heard from the council I had won. We are a family of sports lovers and it is just thrilling to be part of such a spectacular event.”
Off to the closing ceremony will be Jonathan Grant, also of Maidenhead, who is a member of the Adopt-a-Street scheme.
Winners of the tickets to rowing and canoe events at Eton Dorney (and the services where they volunteer) are:
Samuel Cannon (libraries), Eton Wick
Margaret Irons (container library), Maidenhead
Sonia Robinson (school governor), Windsor
Laurence Benbow (Duke of Edinburgh Award at Old Windsor Library), Old Windsor
Andrew Seymour (Adopt-a-Street), Windsor
Laura Armitage (school governor), Windsor
Iain Oldcorn (Adopt-a-Street), Ascot
Emma Shepherd (school governor), Maidenhead
Claire Cornish (Adopt-a-Street), Windsor
Jo Greengrass (compost awareness campaigns), Maidenhead
The council will be suspending two parking bays in Bridge Street to allow Strawberry Grove and Emmanuelas to serve people outside from next week. L-R Lily Warman, Marta Downs, Stuart Downs (owners of Strawberry Grove), Tegan McCartney