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Food safety leader from Boston proud of his role at London 2012

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

SIMPLY AMAZING: Boston Borough Council's very own environmental health officer, Howard Williams, at the Olympic Games.

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A BOSTON man who was the team leader for food safety at London 2012 has said it was the biggest and best experience of his life.

Boston Borough Council environmental health officer and Olympics Games Maker, Howard Williams, 45, said: "It was one of the biggest and best experiences of my life and a great personal achievement.

"The atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium and other venues was simply amazing.

"Everyone was so friendly and out to enjoy themselves and it was truly a privilege to be part of such a global event and help to ensure that things ran smoothly."

Howard was one of the 70,000 volunteer Games Makers who helped ensure that the London 2012 Olympics ran smoothly.

He acted as part of a team of environmental health volunteers whose role it was to ensure that the food produced and sold at the Olympics was safe for all visitors, athletes and officials.

It was the first time that environmental health officers had undertaken the role on behalf of the Olympic Committee.

Howard added: "I started off looking after the Olympic Stadium food concessions, but once these had all been visited I moved on to Olympic Park concessions, the Aquatic Centres and was also asked to visit the Excel Centre."

The work included general monitoring of food production, through to visits looking specifically at pest, drainage and cleaning issues.

Howard quickly developed working relationships with the various venue mangers, resulting in opportunities to see several of the events including athletics, water polo, diving, BMX, wrestling and fencing.

Howard said: "There were lots of athletes and celebrities around, but we were specifically asked to remain professional and to not bother them.

"Britain can once again be proud of what it has achieved with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"These games have set an example of excellence lauded the world over, with the Games rated as one of the best ever. If anyone is thinking about volunteering, my advice is just do it."

Howard is now devoting all his spare time and energy to helping organise a concert for Cancer Research Charities on Saturday, November 3, from 7pm until 1am at Hubberts Bridge Community Centre, Langrick Road, PE20 3SG.

His council colleague, housing technical officer Paul Chester, has re-formed the popular rock and pop classics band Magic44 for the event, which will include other local acts and a firework finale.

Tickets, priced at £15 each, which includes a fish and chip supper and dessert, are available to buy now from S&A Petfoods, 21 Dolphin Lane, Boston or by calling Paul on 07545 115 717.

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