Sep 7 2012 by David Baker, Harrow Observer
VOLUNTEERS from Harrow and Brent again had the eyes of the world on them, as they performed in the Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
Brent’s Meenu Lakhani was given the double honour of performing at the stadium after having taken part in the sequence to celebrate the NHS at the Olympic ceremony in July.
The business manager for the NHS starred this time as an alien, as part of the ceremony entitled Enlightenment.
Mrs Lakhani, of Campton Crescent, Wembley, said: “I can honestly say that the last five months have been the best experience of my life.
“Nothing compares to the exhilaration, excitement and adrenalin that I have been through performing on that stadium, which has been like a second home.
“I have been so lucky to be given that opportunity twice.”
Dancing with some 300 other volunteers, she was joined by her sister Renu Daryanani and said she also came across two others from Wembley, 24-year-old Meeta Kalyanji and her mother Anu Kalyanji, 51.
Mrs Lakhani, 47, added: “I don’t know what I’ll do when it all ends.”
Also performing at the ceremony was Harrow’s Deepa Shastri, a member of Harrow Asian Deaf Club, who performed the song Spirit In Motion in British Sign Language, as it was sang by Denise Leigh.
Club president Asif Iqbal said: “One billion viewers saw the Paralympic Games’ Opening Ceremony, but little did they know that a deaf person from Harrow, Deepa Shastri was signing to the song Spirit in Motion.
“Having British Sign Language throughout the ceremony and including the Queen’s speech is an integral part of accessibility and inclusion of the deaf community into the world.
“For many of us, we are proud of her and Deepa is an inspiration for us all.”