Final Testfor Londonbus survivor
By ZOE SATHERLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER former Lismore Herb Festival co-ordinator Louise Barry survived the shocking London bomb blasts of July 7, one of the main motivators for getting on her feet again was going to see the Test cricket.
A mad cricket fan, she had been looking forward to attending the current Ashes series before suffering serious injuries in the blast.
Now, thanks to Lismore MP Thomas George and the Surrey County Cricket Club, she has been given four box seat tickets to Sunday's fourth day of the Ashes-deciding Fifth Test at the Oval, South London.
English fans have gone ballistic over the series, with scalped tickets fetching up to $3000 as England looks set to win the Ashes for the first time since 1986-87.
Mr George approached the Surrey Club, whose home ground is the Oval, to buy the tickets when he found out Louise was so keen to attend.
Their media officer, Nathan Ross, the son of Mr George's old friend, retired Sydney sports commentator Barry Ross, was more than happy to chip in and pay half.
"I did it to give her an incentive to get well," Mr George said yesterday.
"I was in London and saw her just four days after the blast.
"She astounded me by her positive attitude. I was absolutely surprised by her enthusiasm to get better again and to walk.
"She was so inspiring, and I appreciated all of what she had been through."
Louise was on bus Number 30 when the bomb exploded at Tavistock Square.
She suffered a fractured neck, burns and puncture wounds. Even after a lengthy stay in hospital she still remains in a halo brace, although she is now on the mend.
During her time in hospital Louise's plastic surgeon, Simon Withey, who performed three operations on her leg wounds, was keeping her up-to-date with the Ashes series.
Along with hedging a wager on the series, he brought her a signed magazine by the Australian cricket team.
Louise and Simon are currently double or nothing on the series, Nathan Ross said.
When the chance came to be at the deciding Test, Louise gratefully accepted and decided to bring her English boyfriend and two of her surgeons, who are also English, along with her.
All three are big cricketing fans.