Golden Generation in Newham: Now for the Legacy and the future

08:00 12 September 2012

Fireworks are let off to signal the end of the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

Fireworks are let off to signal the end of the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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Newham is on the up and we want to keep it that way

A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

We’ve faced the final curtain and the Greatest Shows on Earth are over. And now is the time for Newham to face the future.

The Paralympics closing ceremony was spectacular. And the change in attitude, perception and in our borough, has been equally impressive.

The message from the majority of people in our borough is unanimous. We will never have a better chance to change things for the better. The feel good factor must not just fade and die.

The Games legacy will be measured against the promises made. In 2005, it was children from Newham who went to Singapore to play a key role to help win the bid.

Now the Golden Generation has our future in their hands. The young and not so young in our borough can, together, make a difference.

One Paralympian told us this week: “Stratford has such a lovely place. It has exceeded all my expectations. I just want to go back to the beginning and start again.”

Almost all of our news pages in this week’s Newham Recorder have a “golden generation” themed story on them or have a complete page in that vein.

When Paralympic stars visited one school, one pupil remarked: “We have disabled children amongst more luckier ones like me…we have so much to learn from them.”

When gold medal heroes visited another this week, it was a pupil who told us: “This has been just a fantastic time. I want every day to feel like this.”

Despite the synicism that surrounded everything before it began, the doubters have been won over.

Nearly all the local people we have spoken to love the fact that our borough is on the up and we all want to keep it there. We no longer want to the rear end of the universe

Now we have to build on that success

Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “London 2012 exceeded expectations. It wasn’t just the outstanding medals haul. There was a genuine warmth as we welcomed the world.

Newham’s volunteers took to the streets to inform and guide athletes, officials and visitors, whle our residents, in the most multicultural place in the world, embraced the Games.

“Every school sent children to the experience, thousands took part in the ceremonies and thousands more watched.”

But now, said Sir Robin, we want future generations to take part in sport.

“And we want to transform the East End. Employment is the key as Newham needs 20,000 more people in work just to match the London average. Workplace, our jobs brokerage service, helped 5,000 into jobs this year. We have made a strong start but securing the legacy remains a challenge for this and future generations.”

It is up to all of us to ensure the positivity continues.

The young generation have it in their grasp, but we all have a part to play.

The Games have inspired a generation. Now the golden opportunity needs to be taken.

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