A big thank you to Stephen Twigg MP and the team for inviting me, we had a great time and raised lots of money on the raffle!
A big thank you to the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, the Mayoral lead for Community Safety, the Mayoral lead for Looked After Children and the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Merseyside for accepting my invitation and giving their support, along with other councillors, residents and organisations, including the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Sahir house, Venture Housing Associations and community members of the LGBT network. We were also humbled to be joined by Albert, Sophie and Anthony's family. Those who think that equality has been achieved and all this focus on equality and diversity is misplaced should think again as these terrible stories show.
We enjoyed another beach day, at Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes, which was celebrating the fantastic work of the RNLI with a fun day. There were staged rescues throughout the day along with a sand sculpture competition.
This was my favourite, depicting a sun bathing beauty, it was about 5 feet long and extremely authentic. The hair is made from seaweed and the bikini from tiny stones and pebbles.
There were lots of sculptures relating to the Olympics with this representation of the stadium, complete with hand drawn flags of the nations; a torch held by an arm with an anchor tattoo, and the podium showing the three prize medal positions.
These voluntary entries amply demonstrated the passion that the country has had for the London 2012 games.
Huge plaudits are due to Tony Blair, David Beckham, Tessa Jowell, and Lord Coe who I prefer to remember as an Olympic champion, rather than that Tory bloke that used to represent a Cornish constituency - and everyone else who had a hand in bringing the games so successfully to London for 2012.
I watched the whole thing, avidly, as always, rediscovering a passion for cycling, rowing, sailing, diving, shooting, athletics... you get the idea. After months of reading whinges on my Twitter feed from naysayers, banging on about the commercialisation of the games and the ineptitude of G4S, it was great to see everyone get behind our athletes when it mattered. And what a contrast with the prima donna footballers who have no real idea of sportsmanship at all.
Rant over, you have heard it all from a million others.
And I am working flat out, night and day, to get everything ready for the reconsecration service at Deane Road Cemetery next month.
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