Wonderful London Olympic community ‘can-do’ spirit shames local village.
The country rightly celebrated a triumphant sporting extravaganza delivered by Team GB, Lord Sebastian Coe’s masterly organisational skills and a huge team of 70,000 games volunteers spreading goodwill, a smile for everyone and priceless advertising for the collective benefits of sport in its many forms.
Contrast this with the parsimonious and ‘not in our backyard’ response by Scalby village residents to our own triumph of organisation encompassed by Scarborough Rugby Union Club.
Complaints by a small number of villagers, backed by a small number of councillors, have effectively hamstrung an asset to the community which is widely admired by amateur sports organisations throughout the country and not a few northern professional outfits.
Would any resemblance of Sunday night’s tremendous closing ceremony with its lights, music, singing and cheering be allowed in the north of our town? Afraid not, the noise, the noise.
Would any resemblance of yesterday’s Millennium Square, Leeds, welcome back for Yorkshire participants in the Games be allowed in the north of our town? Afraid not, they were using a tannoy to address the many thousands in the audience.
The comparison with the rugby club’s old ground is stark. A much tighter site in Newby was cheerfully supported by their neighbours. Week in and week out balls ended up in gardens and were thrown back. Tournaments were supported by all, and goodwill prevailed. It would take Superman on a good day to reach a Scalby residence with a ball.
Sir Chris Hoy, Britain’s most decorated Olympian, is urging politicians to back grass roots sport, give kids the chance to get involved and it will make them fitter, healthier and improve a slew of social issues. If, as a result of that, the odd medal pops out of the top end then that is just a bonus.
Let’s try and continue the good work in our own small way by letting good people do good things with good kids and hang on to the current feel-good factor for as long as possible.