A WIRRAL student who performed in the Olympic opening ceremony said the experience was “an absolute privilege”.
Trudi Mercer, from West Kirby, volunteered when organisers began scouting for talent for the Isles of Wonder tribute to the NHS.
The 19-year-old is studying physiotherapy at Kings College London and alongside revising for tough exams rehearsed for months to perfect her dance routine.
The dancer was picked for her expertise in tap and modern dance, a talent she has honed since the age of four.
She is now back at home in Wirral with mum Julie, dad Steve and sister Lucinda and family dog Toby.
She said: “The experience was unforgettable and an absolute privilege to be a part of.
“Although the time I had to dedicate to rehearsals was a major commitment, it was completely worth it in the end.
“In the three venues where we practised in, including the Olympic stadium, we had some awful weather which brought our spirits down a bit.
“But the organisers were fantastic at motivating us.”
At the family home on Column Road, family and friends gathered to try and catch a glimpse of Trudi dancing jive steps.
Proud mum Julie, who has driven back and forth to London most weekends to support her daughter, admitted she shed a few tears when the show proved to be a success.
Julie, 51, who works for Unilever, laughed: “I was very happy and I kept thinking I was boring everyone trying to show Trudi off and point out where she would be.
“But everybody cheered and laughed throughout the show – and even on the few cases of mistaken identity.
“It was a flawless display by everybody involved.”
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle's £27m Isles of Wonder was a celebration of British culture and featured another famous Wirral star Daniel Craig as James Bond.
But Trudi only managed to see the stunt where his character James Bond and the “Queen” jumped from the helicopter into the stadium.
The former West Kirby Grammar pupil has since watched the full show at home and admits she misses the excitement around the Olympic Park.
Trudi said: “The Olympic Park was amazing and being one of the first groups to see it was even more amazing.
“The three dress rehearsals prior to the big show built up the excitement to another level.
“But performing in front of 80,000 people was the biggest buzz of all because we had all worked so hard for months.”