Games left us golden memories to cherish

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IN terms of sport, the 2012 Olympics have been a stunning success, arguably the best ever.

Great Britain has shown the world we can stage a brilliant Olympics.

Thanks to the Lottery and 70,000 volunteers it has demonstrated what can be done, even in the midst of a very serious economic crisis.

It also demonstrates that, despite all the free labour, the Games bust the original budget by a mile.

Unfortunately, what works superbly well for two weeks is almost impossible to replicate over a longer period.

Remember also that the organisers spent seven years organising the Games.

After-effects will be very hard to verify, although one hopes that youngsters will have got the message that success in life comes from hard work, rather than video games.

In the meantime, the golden moments can be cherished, even if they change nothing.

Dr Barry Clayton

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Sporting views changed forever

WELL, that’s it. I told my friends two weeks ago I am not a sports person, and feared total boredom and Olympic apathy.

So wrong. I have been wrapped up in excitement, emotions and seat-edge expectation.

Well done to all Team GB for they have done so well, with their own efforts, and determination.

And the volunteers were cheered loud and long. Even though I wasn’t directly involved I’m proud today of us, and proud of the whole event. A legacy should be real British self recognition instead of our self deprecating negativity.

I now only hope that, as a disabled person, the same emotion and public acclaim is given for our disabled sportsmen and women.

Converted sportsperson

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Shoot down pension change

The proposed reforms to the current Armed Forces pension scheme, which will mean that our soldiers must serve for longer, yet receive a lower payout, is a step too far.

Of course, public sector pensions must be looked into as there are some very ridiculous payouts being awarded to pen pushers and jobsworths.

But this move is nothing more than another betrayal of our brave servicemen and women who have sacrificed much of their adult life with the promise of a dignified pension at the end of it.

Tragically, many armed forces personnel struggle to adapt to life on civvy street and many rely on their pensions to get by.

I sincerely hope that common sense will prevail, and this so-called cost saving measure is scrapped.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP North West MEP