Lairhillock staff off to Olympics

A North-east restaurant has caught Olympic fever, and has two of its staff members off to London to get in on the sporting action.

The Lairhillock Inn, Netherley, has two staff members traveling to London to be a part of the Olympic Games. Ross Gardiner, supervisor at the Inn, will be working at a restaurant within the Olympic Village. Stephanie Breen, a barmaid and waitress at the Inn, will be volunteering at the equestrian events.

Ross, from Netherley, is a law student at Aberdeen University, and has been working part-time at the Lairhillock Inn for more than three years.  

One of his friends works for a UK catering company, and helped him secure a job with the firm, which will be running food and beverage operations within the Olympic Village. He will be working at a seafood restaurant within the village in a supervisory role using his skills from the Lairhillock Inn.

He said: “I jumped at the chance to be a part of the Olympics. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and all of the UK is excited to have the action so close. I can’t wait to be a part of this worldwide event, and look forward to soaking up the atmosphere by being right in the middle of it.”

Stephanie will be working in Greenwich Park for the equestrian activities as an event services team leader for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Originally from Bridge of Muchalls, Stephanie has worked at the Inn for five years. Her journey to the Games was a long one, as she applied to LOCOG two years ago after seeing a television advert. She was interviewed in May 2011, and selected that October to oversee a team of volunteers for this summer’s events.

Stephanie will be in charge of a team ranging from eight to 16 people and oversee activities for the events including taking tickets, showing spectators to their seats and making sure everything runs smoothly. She is especially excited to be working in the equestrian arena, as she has horses at home, and also has tickets to one of the dressage events.