‘Warwick Olympics’ - with medals for effort and fair play - will mark coming of torch processions
SPECIAL Olympic events will be taking part in Warwick, as the town gets ready for the arrival of the torch.
The flame will be carried up the Stratford Road and into the town centre from 3.30pm on July 1 and make a strategic stop in Warwick Castle before the route heads past St Nicholas Park where there will be a wide variety of free entertainment on offer.
But long before the torch makes its appearance, a whole series of ancilliary events are due to take place in the town, starting with a Warwick Town Athletics competition at Aylesford School on June 12.
Special Warwick Olympic medals will be awarded for effort, participation and fair play - as well as excellence - in a variety of events including tennis, rugby, table tennis, climbing, swimming, football, athletics and Paralympic sports.
The local ‘Games’ start at 3pm and at 5.30pm there will be Procession of local Champions walking to Warwick Castle for a grand closing event involving some 5,000 people.
Among the special guests will be British Olympic 100 metre hopeful Julian Thomas from Birmingham, town mayor Elizabeth Higgins and Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White.
Schools taking part in the local games include All Saints Juniors, Barford St Peter’s, Budbrooke Primary, Coten End Primary, Emscote Infants, Newburgh Primary, Ridgeway School, Ferncumbe Primary, Myton School, Round Oak and a group of musicians from Warwick School.
Richard Machin, head of All Saints Juniors said: “All the schools will perform various activities to show why the Olympic values are important.
“Some will represent different countries. For example Coten End will perform a Chinese Dragon Dance while Barford St Peter’s will represent Jamaica and festival and we will represent Sierra Leone.”
Another community event is being planned by members of Warwick Juniors Football Club on June 30.
A whole afternoon of sport, not so serious games and other activities designed to appeal to children of all ages will take place from 3pm at the Warwick Juniors/Warwickians Sports Group in Hampton Road ending with a barbecue and disco.
Club spokesman David Lafferty said: “This is an afternoon designed to encourage children of all ages to participate in sport while having fun.
“We will be having some traditional races, football games, tug-of-war and fun games such as welly wanging and egg and spoon for younger children as well as competitions in which everyone can participate.”
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