Belfast Telegraph

Beckham meets Olympics soldiers

David Beckham has met soldiers who have been providing security at the Olympics and offered his thanks for the "incredible" job they have done in keeping everyone safe.

The football star was joined by sons Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and six-year-old Cruz as he showed his appreciation to troops who were drafted in at short notice after security firm G4S failed to provide enough staff.

Beckham also chatted to police officers, while his sons petted two police horses, Burngreave and Brinsworth, and a sniffer dog. When Beckham was told his name was Bracken, he laughed and told his boys: "Almost Beckham."

Olympics ambassador Beckham said of the soldiers: "They're doing an incredible job. What they've done so far. they're keeping everyone calm and letting people enjoy the Games.

"People have been coming from all over the world and being kept safe by these guys, it's special."

Beckham, who was taking his sons to see the action on the BMX track later, said he had been thrilled by Britain's performance and particularly by the haul of gold medals won by female athletes.

He added: "What the GB team are doing, the way they've performed, what they're doing for the kids and the people, they're inspiring."

He joked: "Obviously girl power's been a big part of our lives for many years.

"It's great to see the girls doing so well, it's great to see the GB team as a whole unit do so well. It's exciting and hopefully there's a few more to come."

Asked about speculation that his wife Victoria will be performing at Sunday's closing ceremony with the Spice Girls, he grinned and said: "I've heard that rumour. I saw some of the rehearsal for the closing ceremony yesterday, it's going to be an amazing occasion."

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